When I first began writing articles for The Simply Beloved, I was asked to participate in a ten-day challenge on “defining what love means to me”. I began writing each day what God put on my heart to define the gift of love. I find this exercise so fitting for this sweet holiday season, which is the celebration of Love’s birth… It’s a time that is especially tender, gracious, and close to my heart. It is a season of the year when love is needed most and yet is often felt the least. This time of year is the busiest and loneliest for some. We get wrapped up in the todos and need-tos, and we forget to embrace the Love of the season. Love has everything to do with giving and nothing to do with receiving. Love rids us of our most selfish wants and replaces them with grace and peace.
Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only with what you are expecting to give – which is everything. —Katherine Hepburn
So what is love? Love is unshakeable. Love does the unimaginable. Love is the tenderness of a friend, a hug from my father, choosing kindness when it seems impossible. Love is family, regardless of the brokenness. That is LOVE. Love is hope. It gives way to things broken and abused. It restores what we never thought He could use. Love was never broken, love was beaten, love has set the captives free (darling, that is YOU & ME).
HE IS LOVE.
Unspeakable joy – that’s what love brings me – especially during this sweet holiday season. Love does not wait it takes charge, full on, loving people. It’s small gestures like bringing cookies to your neighbors, sharing a conversation with a lonely elderly person in your community, sending a card to the person you’ve been thinking about for weeks. Give love this season knowing that year-round your love will be cherished and admired. Know that even when you feel loved out – Love has sought you out, and Love wants to embrace you. If this is a hard time of year for you, let Jesus work in the brokenness during this season. Ask Him to help you trust the journey and experience growth.
So beloved friends, I pray this holiday season is one that heals and is full of joy, peace, and love. I pray that you see love, give love, and pursue Love. I pray that Love is where your hearts want to be and that you continue pursuing the meaning of His love as we each embrace a new year.
Love knows no limits to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that stands when all else has fallen. —Elisabeth Elliot