Things are really gearing up as we get closer to Christmas! However, in this midst of all this excitement, our nine month old baby, is getting sick. Thankfully, he still has the energy to run, play, and scream with delight, but he is super congested, and his nose is running all the time. (Seriously, I didn’t think that much snot could come out of such a tiny nose!) The baby is also having trouble sleeping, which means we’re even more exhausted than usual… However, in addition to bringing fourth snot, our child has also been able to bring fourth an incredible amount of love. He makes me want to share love that I didn’t know that I had. This week in Advent we are celebrating Love and the relationships it creates. Today, I wonder if you feel loved? Do you have relationships in your life that give you strength and hope even when your life is extra messy?
I was reminded this week that in Greek the word for love is Agape. Agape is unconditional love, but it is also so much more. Agape can be translated charity. Agape is the unconditional love that binds all relationships together, but it also sends us forth. It drives us to want to reach out to others with charity and grace. As we prepare for Christmas this week, I hope we can all find a way to be driven by love to serve the world.