Advent: Week 2: The Candle of Love

to be or not to be... that is the question

Do you know who said that famous quote? It is the opening phrase of a soliloquy spoken by Prince Hamlet in William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet. In the scene, Hamlet is torn about avenging His father’s murder or not. “To be or not to be; that is the question.”

This week of Advent has been an anticipatory look at LOVE. Jesus, LOVE, coming into the world. It was interesting to me that my Scripture focal verse this week just “happened” to be John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son; that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” Wow. I still stand in awe of this verse.

As I meditated and marinated on this verse, I was reminded that it says God SO loved. How much? SO much! SO much so that He gave His Only Son. That’s an unfathomable sacrifice. I was reminded of the song “How He loves” and the line that says, “How He loves us SO“. I went to bed two nights ago thanking the Father for this incredible love that compelled Him to such a depth of sacrifice for me. Still amazing. Still humbling. If you’ve ever wondered how much God loves you, just read this verse.

Yesterday morning, I woke up and I heard the Spirit say, “BE Love“. So I began to converse with my Daddy about what He meant by saying that. So many times, we TALK about love. Many DESIRE to be loved. Many times we try to DEMAND love. But what if God SO loved us so that we would BE Love to others?


Last night, I was wrapping the last few presents and putting them under the tree, when Dale yelled upstairs, “Hey! I’ve got us a movie to watch!” I finished up what I was doing and headed downstairs to watch the movie “Mountain Top“. A MUST SEE! I’m not going to give away the storyline, but I am going to tell you that one of the characters begins to minister in the prisons (which ya’ll know is dear to my heart) and quotes John 3:16. You think the Lord was speaking to me???? Then, later on in the movie he says this, “A human heart cannot contain the love of the Father, so it just overflows onto everyone else.”

In 1917, Frederick M. Lehman penned these words to his song “The Love of God”:

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell
The guilty pair, bowed down with care
God gave His Son to win
His erring child He reconciled
And pardoned from his sin
Could we with ink the ocean fill
And were the skies of parchment made
Were every stalk on earth a quill
And every man a scribe by trade
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry
Nor could the scroll contain the whole
Though stretched from sky to sky
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song

May we open ourselves up to SO receive the LOVE of the Father into our uncontainable hearts so that we overflow and BE that love to those round us.

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