Advent ends tonight, which is a good thing because I'm terrible at waiting. I'm ready for it to be Christmas now. In a few minutes, I'll leave for a Christmas Eve Service at my church. For the last four Sundays, we have lit a candle for advent. Each candle celebrates one of the reasons Christ came into the world. First came the candles of Joy, Hope and Peace. This Sunday was the candle of LOVE, the ultimate meaning and purpose behind Christmas. So my wish for you this Christmas Eve is that you experience all of these, but most especially Love.
I Cor. 13 (RSV) If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3 If I give away all I have and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful;
5 It is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;