Living in Faith. The purple Bethlehem Candle, or Candle of Love, we lit on the second Sunday of Advent reminds us to have faith.
From a human perspective, this whole situation must have seemed crazy to Mary and Joseph. Not only was Mary expecting the baby who would save the world, but now she and Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem for the census. When they arrive, there’s no room for them to stay except for the place they keep the animals. As hectic as this might have seemed, this is exactly how God wanted Jesus to enter the world. Right from the start, God wanted to have a relationship with us. Even when we messed that up with our sin, God continued to love and make a way to rescue us. Jesus is proof that God loves us unconditionally.
Food for thought: What are we giving others this Christmas? How does it make you feel knowing God loves you so much? How can you show God’s love to others?
Dear God, thank You for showing Your love by sending Jesus. You kept Your promise to send a Savior, and You sent Him at just the right time. Help us to always remember how much You love us—so much that You sent Your own Son to rescue us. And help us remember the true meaning of Christmas as we celebrate with our family and friends. Thank you for the gift of faith.Amen