“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” - Isaiah 54:10
As we seek the grace of love this Advent, remember that God’s love comes to you. Jesus represents incarnate love on earth, come down from heaven to us. John Van de Laar captures the gift of God’s love in this prayer (https://sacredise.com/god-with-us/):
We praise you, O God, that we do not need to search the earth to find you;
we do not need to engage in elaborate spiritual gymnastics to bring you close;
we do not need to hide ourselves from the world to be found by you.
No, in your immense love, you have taken the initiative, you have made yourself known,
you have filled every moment and every space with your presence;
The advent we celebrate, the incarnation we remember, are simply your gift to us,
your reminder, your proclamation, that you are, ever and always, God with us.
We praise you, O God, for being our Emmanuel, our God with us,
and for the love we find in you. Amen.
Grace and peace,