Saturday, December 21, 2013

Advent Devotion: December 21

How Do I Love God?
Read Luke 10:27

I was concerned.  Do I know how to love God?  I decided to ask others how they show love.  Answers from adults and children included: I tell them, I hug them, I kiss them, I do kind things for them, I have fun with them, I give them gifts, I do things that my Mom and Dad ask me to do, I spend time with them, I talk to them and share things, I want to be with them a lot.

Do I tell God that I love God?  It’s hard to hug and kiss God, but I certainly can do kind things for God—things that God expects me to do.  Love my neighbors.  Help the stranger.  Pray for the sad and troubled.  If I do things God asks me to do, I show love for God.

Have I ever had fun with God—thanked God for a gorgeous fall day, gloried in an amazing sunset, enjoyed the Smoky Mountains, wondered at the intricacies of creation?  Have I ever given God a gift—a gift of obedience, a gift of time, energy, or money, a gift of my talents in service? If I have, I have shown God love.

Do I spend time with God, talking with God in prayer and meditation, sharing my thoughts and feelings, my cares and concerns?  Do I want to be “with” God?  Do I look forward to worship on Sunday mornings? Is God like a friend to me?  Do I listen to God as much as I talk to God?  If I do, I show God love.  

I do know how to love God with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind.  Now I can do it.

Prayer: Loving Father, thank you for your amazing love, for your grace that forgives us, and for your gift of Jesus. Amen.  
-Nancy Carmon


From the Church Street Advent Devotion Book, 2013

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