Monday, December 17, 2007

A Way to the Manger: "For God So Loved"

Joseph and Mary Admiring Their Son are Joined by a Trio of Angels Who are No Less Impressed
Joseph and Mary Admiring Their Son are Joined by a Trio of Angels Who are No Less Impressed

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)
Christ and Child by Danny Hahlbohm
Christ and Child

No one knows what it's like to be the object of 100 percent of another's love.

In the first place, everyone's human imperfections prevent them from loving perfectly and completely.
Secondly, everyone spreads their love around--to a spouse, a child, a relative, and a friend. No one gets all of another person's love.

But what if you could?

What would it feel like to be that loved?

Again, our humanness would probably keep us from experiencing perfect love in all its perfection.

But there is one practical example to meditate on that comes as close as we'll ever get in this life: when God so loved you that He sent His Son into the world to die in your place.

We've heard "For God so loved...." so many times that we've perhaps stopped listening.

This Christmas, listen afresh.
Because God's love is infinite (Knows no bounds), the amount directed toward you is boundless.

It's as if earth had a population of "1" and you were it!

God poured out all His love upon you when He sent Jesus.

This Christmas, if you wonder who loves you and how much, remember the answer:
God loves you as if you were His one and only love.

God loves each one of us as if there were only one of us to love.
(Saint Augustine)


Revee said...

Wonderful post! My daughters enjoyed it reading it aloud. :)

Mary Isabella said...

Wonderful. I enjoyed the picture .Mary

Mimi said...

thanks for the comment, I am happy that your daughters enjoyed reading about "For God So Loved The World"
they probably have the verse memorized!!

Mary Isabella,
thanks for your visit...
I am waiting for the conclusion of your Christmas Story!!

SweetAnnee said...

Oh I love that I am loved so much by God.
I know He is with me He is with
each of us. Everyone of us is God's child.
He wants us to love EACH other too.
fondly, deena

Mary said...


What a powerful post. Everywhere I've gone on blogger this morning there is good news and praising God.

Your graphics are wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing God's love and these beautiful pictures.

Love and blessings,

Joyce's Ramblings said...

What a beautiful post. It is good to know that I have HIS love. Thank you for your message to me.

Mimi said...

I am so happy you felt well enough to stop by... and you can know that God loves you and you are right He wants us to Love one another...

God's love is truly all around us during this special time of year when we remember His Son's Birth!!!
Blessings to you dear Mary...

thanks for stopping by... He does indeed love you as if you were His only true love!!!
I wish for you a very Blessed Christmas...

Cathy said...

Beautiful message, Mimi, thanks for the reminder. :o)

Paula said...

You're so right. In all our humanness, it's really hard to wrap our brains around what that really means.

Sharon said...

What a great post! We are so blessed to have such a loving and giving God!

Have a wonderful evening! Sharon

nannykim said...

Wonderful post--just wonderful!! THanks

Maxine said...

Thanks, Mimi, for helping us to meditate on the love of God. I came by to wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas. God bless you and your whole family.