Tuesday December 22, 2020

For our Advent devotionals we are looking deeper at some of our favorite carols.

Today’s Scripture: John 3:16-17

16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

Today’s Carol: Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Of the Father’s love begotten, ere the worlds began to be,

He is Alpha and Omega; he the source, the ending he,

Of the things that are, that have been, and that future years shall see,

Evermore and evermore!

O, that birth forever blessed when the Virgin, full of grace.

By the Holy Ghost conceiving, bore the Savior of our race,

And the babe, the world’s Redeemer, first revealed his sacred face,

Evermore and evermore!

This is he whom seers in old time chanted of with one accord,

Whom the voices of the prophets promised in their faithful word.

Now he shines, the long expected. Let created praise its Lord.

Evermore and evermore!

Today’s Devotional

This text of this hymn was written in the 5th Century and has been placed in a Medieval Era tune. I encourage you to listen to it here if you are not familiar with it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOF9JLJkPis

We see right away that this is a hymn about love – much like “Love Came Down at Christmas that we talked about last week. The hymn reminds us in almost creed-like fashion that all of creation – it’s source – it’s ending – things that are and things that future years will see – everything comes from God’s love.

I think it’s hard for us to fully embrace that love as the motivation for EVERYTHING God does. For some reason we think that there are times that God is motivated by anger or revenge or a need for blood. Sometimes, when we speak of God’s justice, we put it in terms of vengeance instead of wrapped in love. But the longer I am alive and think about these things, the more I am convinced that everything that comes from God is love. We are the ones who put all the extras on it.

The best example of this is of course – Christmas.

Maybe this Christmas we can internalize that God is love – and everything God does is love. I think if we fully understood that – our lives would change forever. Keep an eye out for love today.

Today’s Prayer

God help us to see love this week. Help us to understand that you are all about love and that everything in creation – including us – is here because of your love.

Amen

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