“Love came down at Christmas. Love all lovely, Love Divine.
Love was born at Christmas, Star and angels gave the sign.”
I’ve chosen Love as the topic this Sunday and this song from my old Methodist hymnal comes to mind as I consider this message. God so loved the world that He sent us a personal messenger in the form of an infant child to demonstrate and teach us that humankind is Love in form. In the time of Christ’s birth, the known world was filled with strife and slavery. God wanted the people of earth to be raised up in consciousness from a meager existence to one of knowing and experiencing the deep-seated Love that is the Life of all.
Christ Jesus reminded us of the first commandment, that we love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. He then added to that a second one that we love our neighbor as ourselves. When we set our priorities straight, we will love the God of our being and we will then reflect that Love out to everyone and everything.
Especially at this Christmas season, I ask you to open your heart wider than ever before. Look out at the world from the eyes of Love. Feel the tenderness and compassion that Love generates. Realize that you must first begin with yourself. Love that innocent child within you. Love that pure whole and holy Self within you. Be patient and kind with yourself and others. Steer clear of envy, jealousy and boastfulness. There is no room in the manger of your heart for rudeness, pride or anger. Keep no record of wrong doings but delight and rejoice in the truth. Always trust, always hope and know that Love never fails.
Say with me: “I am an open being of Love and light. My heart is the cradle where the blessed Christ is born once more in a deep and holy way. I give and receive blessings and am ever so grateful. And it is so.”
—Rev. Gay Beauregard, Alpine Church of Spiritual Living