It’s All About Love

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

We could call that familiar verse God’s mission statement, the rationale behind the Christmas story in Luke.  “Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11) It is all about love.

As it has always been.  Here is a poem translated from Hebrew, written by Jewish poet Yehuda HaLevi in the 11th century.

“Tis a fearful thing

to love what death can touch.

A fearful thing

to love, to hope, to dream, to be –

to be,

And oh, to lose.

A thing for fools, this,

And a holy thing,

a holy thing

to love.

For your life has lived in me,

your laugh once lifted me,

your word was gift to me.

To remember this brings painful joy.

Tis a human thing, love,

a holy thing, to love what death has touched.”

(I do not know the poet’s message, but I like the poem).

If one looks at the word fear and considers the implications beyond worry and fright – that ‘spirit of fear’ talked about in 2 Timothy 1:7, one can see that it encompasses too, reverence and awe for our Creator. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”  (Proverbs 1:7)

Baby Jesus lived among us, and died as we all do. God’s gift was complete when Jesus was resurrected. “Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though were he dead, yet shall he live.’ ” (John 11:25)

It was an unusual Christmas song – new to me – shared by a Facebook friend that has me thinking a bit more about that marvelous story in Luke 2. Take a listen. It is by The Ball Brothers. The song’s title is “It’s About the Cross.”

“It’s not just about the manger,  where the baby lay…”

Merry Christmas with love to my family and friends and readers!

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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