Love Turns To God

For the Advent/Christmas season, each Monday’s post will look at the love that came down at Christmas. We will explore what Jesus’ love offers us and asks of us.

At three o’clock Jesus cried out….”My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Mark 15:34 NRSVMC900194002

Rejected and abandoned by his own people, Jesus hangs on the cross dying. Darkness covers the land. Life slowly drains out of Jesus’ body. Finally, in his agony Jesus cries out to his heavenly Father. With his last few breaths he turns his attention to God and asks “Why?’

That’s real love at work! Real love turns to God. Even when despair sets in and death’s darkness engulfs us, the same love that was at work in Jesus will help us turn to God too.

Real love turns to God.

Most of us probably don’t think much about the cross as we prepare for Christmas.MP900382968[1] Maybe that’s because we focus so much on celebrating God’s love  shown in sending us his only begotten Son. But after the all the celebrating dies down, what comes next?

If we want Jesus to be more to us than a figurine in a crèche, we must follow Jesus’ lead. We too must turn to God.

Turning to God means opening our hearts to God, pouring our pain out, laying our questions out, and clinging to our heavenly Father with our last breath. It means loving the One who first loved us!

Let the Messiah, the King of Israel and the Holy One of God touch you this Christmas with a love that will not let you go. Then, let that love keep you turned to God!

Love the One Who First Loved You!

Prayer:

Lord of unwavering love, your example on the cross reminds me that real love clings to God. Fill me with that love, and keep me ever turned to my heavenly Father!

Amen.

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