This 4th Sunday of Advent we are lighting a pink candle and waiting on LOVE.

I do believe something just lept within my spirit, because if there was ever a time the World was waiting for Love:  it is Now.



Scripture: Matthew 1:18-22

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about;
His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But after he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,
Because he will save His people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call
him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).




 “Better fill up the tank before you go”

How many of your journeys in life have begun with such a statement?   No one wants to end up alone and stranded.  Thus, we take time to make sure there is enough fuel in our gas tank, to get us where we want to go.  Sometimes, we may even splurge on the good stuff.

What about your “love tank”?  
Have you checked it lately?   Is it filled with good fuel?   All across this land, many are fueling up on anxiety, fear and hate.   It’s no wonder we are stuck in the midst of upheaval: stalled in our pursuit of solutions.   Yet everywhere, hearts are hungry for something more.   Desperate to fill up the emptiness with something that will go the distance.

The good news proclaimed still rings true:  God is with us.  And if you have experienced His love and forgiveness – you can impact the world.  Now, more than ever, is the time for Christians to show the world we are filled up with “good stuff”:  the unconditional, eternal and compelling love that is God.  

 It is ever-flowing.  Once we fill up our own tank, it will spill over unto those around us and spread further than any earthly gift:  filling voids and renewing once empty hearts.

 


This concludes the Advent Readings for this Christmas Season.  Once again it has been a privilege to script these readings for my home church.    I hope that you have enjoyed reading them, as much as I have writing them.

Time out for Mom will be silent (save for a little Christmas Greeting that will appear) from now until after Christmas Day.   I wish you all the happiest holiday, the best of the season's greetings....and mostly, a very joyful, peaceful, hopeful and love filled Merry Christmas!