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Almost Christmas

Love: Almost. Not Quite Yet. Working On It.

Advent reminds us that love shows up in the most unexpected places, transforming flawed, imperfect people into people redeemed by love (April Casperson~Almost Christmas p. 80)

Then Mary said to the angel, “How will this happen since I haven’t had sexual relations with a man?”

35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come over you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the one who is to be born will be holy. He will be called God’s Son. 36 Look, even in her old age, your relative Elizabeth has conceived a son. This woman who was labeled ‘unable to conceive’ is now six months pregnant. 37 Nothing is impossible for God.”

38 Then Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just as you have said.” Then the angel left her.


 “An almost love is a love that welcomes only the parts of people that are desirable or palatable, or easy to handle.” (Almost Christmas p. 63)

We are to strive to experience and express “altogether love.”

One wonders why Mary was the most desirable and palatable choice to give birth to God’s son. She is very young. She is engaged. She is poor.

God’s love is an altogether love (agape’love). Mary experiences God’s altogether love. And in response, Mary surrenders her whole self “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just as you have said.” (Luke 1:38)

God’s altogether love comes to us even when we think we are undesirable and inadequate. God’s altogether love comes to us in the midst of our ordinary lives. God’s altogether love comes to us when we surrender our whole self to God.

The gift to become: Intentionally reach out to someone so they will experience God’s altogether love.

Memory verse:            1 John 4:9

This is how the love of God is revealed to us: God has sent his only Son into the world so that we can live through him.
Reflect on:
What barriers in your faith journey have you encountered that seem to keep you at arm’s length from fully embracing God’s love?

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