|Theme:||Jesus brings us the gift of love. Advent 4-A|
|Object:||A toy Santa, if you choose, but none is really needed.|
|Scripture:||She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." Matthew 1:21|
One morning last week a tune started going through my mind. That is not unusual. I love music, so I often wake up in the morning with a song on my mind and often go to bed at night with a song on my mind. But this particular morning was different. I woke up with the tune "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" running through my mind, but the words that came to my mind were not the usual words to the song. Here are the words that came to my mind.
Wipe away your tears, get rid of your fears;
He's makin' a list in the Book of Life,
He loves you when you're sleepin',
Now put on a smile, get rid of that frown,
At this time of year, many people are thinking about Santa Claus coming to town and thinking about all of the great gifts that Santa will bring them. But the real reason for this season is the celebration of Jesus Christ's coming--and he brings us the greatest gift of all. He brings the gift of God's love. The Bible says, "But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy." Yes, he loves us when we're bad or good, what a great love that is!
Today, we light the fourth candle on the Advent wreath. It is the candle of love. It reminds us that God loved us so much that he sent his Son to save us.
Dear Lord, we thank you for your great love. We thank you that you showed us that love by sending your son, Jesus, to save us. In his name we pray, amen.
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