This year, more than any other year of my life has been a year of truly and deeply experiencing God’s love. I have always been amazed by the loving church family that exists at Liberty Presbyterian Church; it’s one of the reasons that I have been doing youth ministry at this church for almost 10 years. In 2019, I felt the floodgates open: Tanya, Harvey, and I were engulfed by prayers and support; we were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from our church. To this day, we still are. From the volunteers who hold Harvey on youth group nights to every time we change a diaper (some of which still have your little messages written on them) we feel this amazing love.
This is the love of Advent, God’s love for us is overwhelming, undeserving, and all-encompassing. It’s a rock-your-world, change-your-life love that should not and cannot be contained. So uncontainable, in fact, that it broke into our world, enfleshed through the birth Jesus Christ, who is God’s Son, God in human form, and all love. Christ teaches us the way to live a life filled with love and exemplifies this love through dying on the cross. In result of our salvation, through Christ’s death and resurrection, our response is simple enough: our response is to love. We are called to love God and love everyone else in an overwhelming, undeserving, and all-encompassing way.
Friends, as we prepare for Christmas, do whatever it is that you need to do out of love. Everything and all things, do them out of love. Christ gives us a new commandment in John 13: 34-35 to
“Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
As we prepare for Christmas, act out of love, give out of love, and continue to pray for and support those in need out of love.
R. H. Karn