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Clothed in Love April 2, 2016

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image (View from the window, Kings Beach, California, Christmas Eve Morning, 2015)

(April 2, 2016 – just discovered this was never published. It was written just before Christmas, yet a week after Easter, it is equally fitting.)

This week’s devotional is based on the theme of Love: God’s love for us and that same love we can share with everyone we encounter.

1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 tells us of Hannah’s love for her son, Samuel, who was such a precious and long-awaited gift himself, that she dedicated him to be a priest. Every year, she made him a new robe and gave it to him the one time a year she got to see him. It was made with love and prayers, and the devotion writer, Nicola Vidamour, reminds us to accept gifts given us by everyone who makes the effort. If someone we know gives us a handmade gift, appreciate the time and love that went into it. Appreciate kind actions wherever they come from and try to be kind and loving to every person you encounter.

Colossians 3:12-14 reminds us

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

That’s the message for everyday, but it’s a good reminder in case we get too caught up in whatever stresses us during the Christmas season. As Rev. Vidamour writes, ” Colossians 3:14 tells us that love is the most important gift to clothe ourselves with. Love is the perfect accessory for every outfit since love binds everything together in perfect harmony.

We take a sidetrack to the traditional verses of Luke 2:1-20 on December 24:
The Christmas Eve story of Mary and Joseph and the baby born in Bethlehem. Wrapped in swaddling cloths as a human baby who would later be wrapped in burial cloth, only to leave them as risen Christ! This is the ultimate form of love: to give up godhood to live among your creation, not only to teach and mentor, but to die horribly in order to get the point across!

Hebrews 1:1-12 reminds us of that exactly:

LONG ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

In a later verse, a comment is made about his earthly life set aside like his earthly clothes, “But you are the same, and your years will never end.”

Psalm 148 reminds us, “Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they were created.”

All that is beautiful and awesome and good is due to God’s creative powers. That little manger baby was also He who created the heavens and earth. What incredible love for us humans, we who are also God’s creatures, to have come to teach and die for us! Let’s forever praise him!

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