“Let us love one another, for love comes from God.” 1 John 4:7
One of my favorite Christmas hymns is “Love Came Down at Christmas.” God’s love came to us in the form of a baby, a helpless infant completely reliant on others to survive. I’ve always thought of the love as being contained in Jesus, in that infant. But as I was reflecting on that hymn again today, I realized that if love were not present in Mary and Joseph, in the shepherds, even in the Wise Men, that helpless infant could not have survived. The love present at Christmas is represented not only by the love that came down; it is also represented by the love shared.
As we anticipate the love that comes to us at Christmas, we are reminded that many around us are unaware that the gift of Christmas is indeed love. We are the ones to make that love available to them. A verse in a Christmas card says it like this: “When hands reach out in love at Christmas, the world is a little happier, a little kinder, a little more like heaven.” May your Christmas be blessed with a touch of heaven!