Love, Day 7 - December 24

December 24, 2016 chadsummers Blog

Please read Psalm 33:22

We recently adopted the neighborhood stray. He was little, tough, feisty and had a really bad habit of chasing the neighbors and the UPS truck. While a few dog-loving neighbors thought he was cute, most considered him a nuisance, but we fell in love with the little guy. When we left for vacation, “Tucker” had to be boarded. He looked so worried and confused when I handed him over that it broke my heart. As soon as I retreated to the car I prayed, “Please God, forgive me for loving a dog that much. I know he is just an animal.” Immediately I heard, “How much more do you think I love you?”

How much more could He love us? God sent His only Son to earth, a tiny precious baby. As a teenager, Jesus was looked upon with favor. In His ministry He fed the hungry, healed the sick, stood up for the victims, raised the dead. He was the sacrifice for our sins when He died on the cross. Three days later, He defeated death. Jesus is our only Redeemer. His love never fails. He is our hope. He is Immanuel—God with us.

How much more could God love us?

Father God, in this beautiful season let us not forget the gift of your overwhelming love. Jesus is the only hope for the world. Remind us daily to love and encourage others and share the hope found in You alone. Amen.

Contributed by Jim & Barbara Patton