This third week of advent we light the pink candle. These candles help us to remember the hope, peace, love, and joy found in God that were proclaimed through Jesus' birth. These weeks leading up to Christmas Day are a great time for reflecting on the first coming of the Messiah and our hopeful expectation of His return.
The Scriptures tell us in John1:14 and 3:16-17 “So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father… For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it but to save it.”
Every heart longs for love. At just the right moment in the flow of time God sent his Son to express his deep love for us. How can we imagine the sacrificial gift of love that was given when God the Son, in obedience to the Father’s will, wrapped himself in flesh and stepped into our world? His death was in his hands and our salvation was his purpose. Our hearts can be satisfied by his love alone. And we learn how to love one another through his example.
May we thank him today for his generous gift of love that brings salvation and purpose to our hearts.