The Proof is in the Pudding

Today, we light the Candle of Love. God is love, and He loves us completely; flaws and imperfections included.  We need not do anything to earn this love; we need only to accept it! How can we know this for sure?  Christmas and Easter are proof, both occasions perfectly complementing one another to reinforce God’s perfect love for us and His desire for us to enter into a personal relationship with him for all of eternity.  

This week we will continue to focus on love as we explore the lyrics of the classic Christmas hymn, Oh, Holy Night.  We will delve into many aspects of love this week: God’s love for us, our love for God, and our love for one another. 

For added context, the lyrics for were penned during mid-18th-century France.  After it was created by a poet and a Jewish musician, it was banned in France.  Nonetheless, against all odds, the song made its way overseas where an American abolitionist was a vessel of new life for the controversial hymn. He was particularly taken by the 3rd verse which proclaims equality among humans and chains breaking. As such, due to his efforts and the previously noted notoriety of the hymn, it was revived and sung throughout the world on Christmas Eve. 

Scripture References

Luke 2:7-16Matthew 2:1-12; 1 John 4:7

Action Step

Today, open your bible or click here and locate the scriptures above.  As you read, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what God would like you to to know about Him and His character as written in those Scriptures.  Praise Him for what He reveals and that the Holy Spirit revealed it to you!

Accompanying Playlist

All hymns referenced throughout the series found in one spot. Some versions are traditional. Others…not so much. Enjoy!

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