3rd Sunday in Advent – Love

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Today is the 3rd Sunday of Advent and we will light the 3rd red (or purple candle).  This candle represents Love, God’s love to man.

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It’s hard for some to imagine that God truly loves man with the events at the Connecticut school this past week. Our pastor spoke on God’s love today, in light of last week’s tragedy.  What I found interesting is he used John 3 as his reference.  That’s the  same passage that came to my mind when I wrote this post last Wednesday.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

 Yeah…that’s Old King James because I memorized it in the King James version as a kid.  I love the melody of this verse, as well as God’s tremendous promise of love to me.

God loves me so much that He sacrifices His Son for me.  That is hard to imagine.   I can’t imagine sacrificing my only son (I only have 1 son) for others.  Yet, that’s what God the Father does. I am grateful beyond words and today is a day to remember.

I am grateful for eternal life because Jesus died for me.

I am grateful to see and hug my kids this past weekend.

I am grateful for God’s love in the midst of horrific tragedy.

On the other hand, I can’t find words for those that lost loved ones at Sandy Hook Elementary.  These families have deep pain that I can not understand.  But, there is one thing I can do . . . pray!  Prayer is the only thing that will help these families find sense out of calamity.

Somehow . . .  I can not explain how, God’s love will pour out on these families.  May God’s supernatural peace be on them through this most difficult situation.

Today is the day to remember God’s Love – the 3rd candle of Advent (Hope, Peace, then Love)

What comes to mind when you think of God’s Love?

In closing, here are the colors of Christmas and their meaning.meaning of christmas colors

White = Purity
Purple = Repentance
Gold = Deity
Red & Green = Promise of Life in the midst of Death
Red & Green holly blooms in winter

Red & Green truly symbolize today.  God gives us life in the midst of my sin & death.  That is what LOVE is all about

To read more about Sundays in Advent, click on these posts:

1st Sunday in Advent – Hope
2nd Sunday in Advent – Peace
3rd Sunday in Advent – Love
4th Sunday in Advent – Mary


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