Today we re-light the first three candles of the Advent wreath, PEACE, HOPE and JOY.
Now we light the fourth candle of LOVE. God’s love for us is found in the gift of His Son, Jesus, who demonstrated the love of the Father, and also showed us how to love others.
Jesus spoke these words, found in John 13:34-35:
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
There is nothing that love cannot face, there is no limit to its faith, to its hope, to its endurance. Love never ends.
Let us pray:
Thank you God for the love you give us. Teach us to love, O Lord. May we always remember to put you first as we follow Christ’s footsteps, that we may know your love and show it in our lives. As we prepare for our celebration of Jesus’ birth, also fill our hearts with love for the world, that all may know your love and the one whom you have sent, your son, our Savior. Amen.
Advent narratives provided by Dallas First Church of the Nazarene