Advent 4: Love

Chicken Cassoulet: A labor of love delivered to us this week from a church family

I have been reflecting on Divine love – not the mushy, buy-me-diamonds kind of love, but the giving, sacrificial kind of love. Recently, we have been the recipients of so much Divine love!

This week has been tumultuous… coping with chemo side effects, I got very weak and unable to keep down enough water and food to fuel the recovery from my third chemo infusion. Turns out I have a blood clot that is now being treated and watched carefully. That was scary, to say the least.

But to cope with this crazy week, we were never alone. My husband has been the chief cook and bottle washer, laundryman, and cat tender. Friends from church drove me for appointments and scans. Food showed up, delicious meals that Ken enjoyed and I sniffed appreciatively. And finally, by Friday, I was able to enjoy them, too! My family continues to keep watch from afar, providing reassurance and love.

And the prayers! My goodness! the prayers! Texts. Emails. Voicemails. Cards. Knowing we were not adrift with this latest health “surprise” was such a comfort.

A long time ago, we taught our kids, “love is an action word.” And I have seen love acted out around us for so many things. That’s the love of God, shining through every day pastors and church members, family, coworkers and friends.

How do I share about the deep love of the Divine that shines down into my life right now? All of the hymn tunes come to mind:
O Love that will not let me go…
Love divine all loves excelling…
The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell…
Love came down at Christmas…
Love is Christmas…

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