and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins."
1 John 4:10 NLT
"This is REAL LOVE - not that we loved God but that HE loved US and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins." (1 John 4:10 NLT)The constraints that our human minds have placed "love" in don't even come close to God's love for us. He speaks about his love for us in terms of eternal, irreplaceable sacrifice. He loves us in a deep knowledge of everything we are, including the number of hairs on our head. He doesn't need us to count to three and say "cheese" to capture something wonderful in us. He loves each angle, each pore, each chin, each blemish... everything. He loved us enough to send his son to die for our un-retouched selves.
This week, I challenge you to take a Wolfgang-inspired photo of each of your loved ones. Capture something unique and deeply loved about them. No posing allowed! Then, get them developed and share them all together at Christmas.
And while you're all together still soaking in the joy of seeing yourself dearly loved from a new angle, read together about God's love for you from one of the Gospels... Real Love. Messy haired, manger-birthed, real love.
Pray: Dear Lord, thank you for loving us in ways that we don't even realize are possible. Help us to take the time this season to shower each other in love as you do for us. Let us encourage one another to see beyond our own insecurities and consider how deep your love runs for us. Amen.
- Emily Krill