Love’s Arrival (Fourth Sunday in Advent)

From Isaiah 9:6-7:  “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon His shoulders; and He is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and His kingdom.  He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore.  The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”

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Faithful God’s Holy love

Shining from Bethlehem

Blessed virgin gives birth

In world filled with mayhem

 

Hope springs forth from God’s love

Filling manger with grace

Messiah born this night

Stable now Holy place

 

Divine love preaches faith

Sharing Lord’s precious gift

Behold man’s salvation

Satan’s plans now adrift

 

Peace covers earth’s landscape

Sowing eternal love

Savior’s mission begins

Father views from above

 

Lasting joy now goes forth

Hearing angels singing

Christ’s love, Calvary’s cross

Forgiveness now bringing

 

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You are invited to join in prayer:  Lord God, your love and mercy promise hope, joy, and peace.  During this season of Advent, open our hearts in preparation to receive our Savior.  Amen.

Written in 1865 by English hymn writer, William Chatterton Dix, the hymn of “What Child Is This?” is sung by Charlotte Church.  The lyrics are based upon the verses from Isaiah 9:6-7, and the tune is “Greensleeves.”

Perfect and Holy

From Psalm 100:  “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come into His presence with singing.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is He that made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.  Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise.  Give thanks to Him, bless His name.  For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.”

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Child learning of God’s kindness

Unaware of its vastness

Praise His eternal goodwill

Laboring with steadfastness

 

Goodness, perfect and Holy

From righteousness, living water

Worship always with gladness

Crafting hands, grace-filled potter

 

God’s blessings, never-ending

His mercy flows from above

Lives rescued with divine hand

Transforming with endless love

 

Lost sheep, needing daily grace

Good Shepherd’s assisting hand

Heaven’s gate, darkness scattered

Lifting eyes to God’s homeland

  

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “At times when we’re struggling to trust God, we should remember all the ways He is good to us.”

Julian of Norwich Quote

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The greatest honor we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of His love.

From Proverbs 4:25-27:  “Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.  Keep straight the path of your feet, and all your ways will be sure.  Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.”

Divine Love

From 1 John 4:9-10:  “God’s love was revealed among us in this way:  God sent His only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

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Father reigns from above

Revealing divine love

Heaven’s whispering dove

 

God’s love never changes

Spanning earth’s vast ranges

Blessed interchanges

 

Mankind living in sin

Loving Christ, life begins

Cross becomes faith’s linchpin

 

Lasting love, none greater

Needing no translator

Grace shines, from Creator

 

Love’s divine foundation

Nurturing salvation

Life’s eternal station

 

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “We didn’t earn the love God has for us, and that’s why we can never lose it.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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God’s love for us and our resulting love for Christ compel us to obey Him in all things.

From John 14:23-24:  “Jesus answered him, ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.  Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.'”

Gregory David Roberts Quote

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Sometimes we love with nothing more than hope.  Sometimes we cry with everything except tears.

From 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:  “ Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Family’s Love

From 1 John 4:7:  “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”

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Vulnerable and broken

Young lives scattering like chaff

Fractured, alone in darkness

Story needs new paragraph

 

Emulating Jesus’ love

Family opens their home

One lost child, then another

Spirit reaches out, love roams

 

Called by Christ, door swings open

Wrapping His love around each

Two daughters bond as sisters

New lessons waken to teach

 

Family’s love grows daily

Centered around faith and trust

Christ’s joy filling each new page

Four lives together, robust

 

Future looking brighter now

Surrounded by parents’ love

Sisters linking together

Jesus smiles from above

 

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In the United States, the month of November recognizes the significance of adoption.  When a family reaches out to provide foster care for a deserving child, this is one of life’s most unselfish, blessed tasks.  As in the case of our family, this story opens life’s new chapter for our granddaughters, both adopted into our family.  

Father’s Gifts (Elfchen Series #84)

Freedom

Sin

Darkness prowling

One eternal sacrifice

Savior’s blood breaks chains

Forgiveness

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Reborn

Awaken

New dawn

High Priest Jesus

Empty tomb forever rejoices

Salvation

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Eternity

Love

None greater

Father sends Son

World saved through Him

Believe

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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) shares a total of eleven words in each poem, with a sequence by line of one, two, three, four, and one words.

Life’s Odyssey (Haiku Series #159)

Better Tomorrow’s

Life crushed and shattered

Love’s undelivered intent—

Youthful innocence

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Starting Over

Where walked once before

Narrative regains traction—

Now making new tracks

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Learning’s Bridges

Confidence growing

Moments shared with life’s mentors—

Lessons never end

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