His Name is Love

I am the handmaid of the Lord, let what you have said be done to me

Luke 1:38
2 Samuel 7:1-5,8-12,14,16; Psalm 89:2-5,27-29; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, B

Many years ago, Mark Twain wrote the following Christmas Holiday message in a New York City daily newspaper. -1

It is my heart-warm and world-embracing Christmas hope and aspiration that all of us — the high, the low, the rich, the poor, the admired, the despised, the loved, the hated, the civilized, the savage — may eventually be gathered together in a heaven of everlasting rest and peace and bliss — except the inventor of the telephone.

I daresay if Twain were alive today, he might instead deny “everlasting rest and peace and bliss” to the inventors of Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok! Of course, the Good News of the Christmas Event is that there are no exceptions to God’s Love for His human creatures — not even the inventors of social media! In and through the Lord Jesus Christ, God became one of us to tell us that He loves every one of us, without exception.

Christmas was not just a starlit night in…

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