Advent 2022: Wednesday, December 14

December 14, 2022

“But the greatest of these is Love.” As we think about the Advent Season and the other everyday(s) that happen the rest of the year, I think about the command that we are given throughout the New Testament. 1 John 4:8 tells us that “God is Love.” Jesus taught that the greatest two commandments, which each include love, to be the greatest gift. “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all your soul and with all you mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Whether it is the Advent Season, the off season or the peak of ski/mountain bike/hiking/hunting season, I challenge you to ask the Lord to help you with your “Love” commandments as you go through the day.  

When you wake up, thank the Father for loving you and ask him to be a part of your day.

If someone smiles at you, smile back and say thank you, whether out loud or in your heart. If someone frowns or yells, smile and show mercy, and know that they may be having a rough day and sure could use a bit of Love. If you are having a bad day, take a step back, a breath, and think about how much you are loved, so much so, that a Son gave his life for you, and that a Father allowed it to happen so that we could be with the two of them in a place that is and will be amazing.

Merry Christmas,

Jim Anderson, elder