We have now arrived at the fourth Sunday of Advent! All four of the candles on the Advent Wreath are lit, and we especially think about the word traditionally given to the last Sunday - LOVE. Common sense tells us that there are several different types of love. There's the love for a quiet afternoon and a good book. There's the love between a parent and child. There's the love between spouses. But today, we focus on the love of God, the agape, higher divine love that always has a self-sacrificing aspect to it.
It's something to think about - the highest love of God is shown in the willingness to sacrifice for the Beloved, even up to death. But that's only the first part of God's love, the ultimate love. The second part is that it is this very type of love that results in freedom. It is the doorway to new life. After all, there can be no resurrection until there is a death. The Brilliant Butterfly ornament above, the 6th in the series, showcases the dramatic change possible in entering into the LOVE we mark on this fourth Sunday of Advent. The Gospel of John puts it this way:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
This blog page is a slightly different type of Advent calendar. Using ornaments, Scripture and poetry for reflection, we journey through the 28 days of Advent 2022 to Christmas morning, and the Incarnation of Christ.