It’s almost here again. December comes faster and faster each year. We are in the last week of Advent and are ready to celebrate Christmas at the end of the week. Whether Christmas brings you hope, peace, joy and love will depend on how much you open your heart to the spiritual truths of Christmas. Otherwise, your soul will most likely feel a sadness you can’t shake.
I’ve enjoyed meditating on how Christ reigns at Christmas. In week one, we saw the hope of Christ as He reigned over all the evil that was thrown to Him while on the cross. The peace of a baby reigning from a manger—a feeding trough for farm animals—is ironic glory. Last week, we meditated on Christ’s rightful reign at the right hand of God where His will is done and celebrated the joy of heaven.
During the last week of Advent, we light four candles and think about love. I see the love of Christ reigning at Christmas in the hearts of those who have known firsthand what it means to be loved by God and whose souls are bursting for a chance to share that love with the whole world.
Jesus taught us to pray that the Kingdom will come and that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. I never see this happening more than when God’s people love in inhuman ways. It’s love alone that drives a child to wrap up some of his favorite toys to make Christmas special for another boy, one he’ll never meet who wrote his wish on a piece of paper tied to an Angel Tree. I see the love of God reigning when families choose to go on a mission trip to impoverished nations, rather than stay home eating fattening food and opening opulent gifts. I see God’s love reigning when prodigals are welcomed home with unconditional love and celebration.
Matthew 5:14-16 describes the reign of love across the earth.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
When the love of God reigns in the hearts of Christians, the light of love illuminates a dark world that is trapped in the emptiness of Christmas. Richard Rolle says, “Nothing less than God can fill our soul. Its capacity is designed for God alone. If we try to fill it with earthly things, we will never be satisfied. Lovers of God will be at peace when they are filled with God through desire and meditation.” Breathe in the love of God this last week of Christmas. Breathe out His love in ways He shows you to bless others. You too will reign with Christ as you become the vessel of His love to a dark and weary world. Keep the love of Christmas alive in your soul.