So, we’ve celebrated the birth of Christ. The wondrous, unconceivable belief that GOD has given His ALL to us…because he loves YOU. This gift, among many we may have received, trumps them all.
Now? Now is the time for acceptance.
Acceptance of this Divine Grace, Forgiveness and LOVE that is absolutely, beyond comprehension, UNCONDITIONAL.
I watched a sermon today and was struck by these words:
“The past is a place of reference, not a place of residency.”
We learn from it. We don’t live there. Labels? Labeling ourselves and others (the recovering alcoholic, the former anorexic, the divorcee, the victim of abuse…etc..) only holds us back from who we are meant to be.
And so often we do it to ourselves. We cling, we label ourselves, we punish ourselves, our identities become who we have been.
FORGAVE and LOVED are the only true labels now.
So, in these days following Christmas, I want to abandon myself to the wondrous glorious excitement of this gift. Much as a child loses herself in her new toy.
Let’s just accept and ENJOY the gift of grace. Let’s experience the inevitable sense of boredom with that which was our past….the “toys” that entertained our mind with self-annihilation are no longer fun.
Let’s lavish ourselves in excitement of the greatest gift of all.
Unconditional and Unfailing LOVE.
Gives us plenty of time for the new year, because…love demands a response.