“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
A Season of Love
As our hearts and minds return once more to thoughts of the birth of Jesus, we are filled with love, joy and compassion. This is the season of love. As a young girl, my family consisted of Mother, Dad and me.
We lived in a large city, hundreds of miles from any of my relatives. Yet each year, brown packages covered with Christmas stickers would begin to arrive from aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Though we might not see them for several years, there were people out there, far away, who loved us.
Mother and I would bake cookies, using her grandmother’s handmade cookie cutters. These were very special because they had once been used to bake cookies for the Moravian Love Feast, held each Christmas Eve. Perhaps that tradition is why I always think of Christmas as the season of love. We give gifts to those we love; we give gifts to the poor and needy. We share our hearts and homes with family and friends. Since we were such a small family, we always invited friends whose families were also far away to share our Christmas dinner.
As we move into the season of Advent, may each of us spread God’s love, expressing our joyfulness and thanksgiving for his blessed gift, and in all ways share his love and compassion with others.
Rosalie M. Babbitt
Prayer: Dear Lord, Thank you for the love you have lavished upon us. Guide us throughout this Advent season to share that love with all with whom we come in contact. Help us to love so well that it spreads into all of the following year. Amen.