Friday, December 3rd
“What marvelous love [God] has extended to us! Just look at it – we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are.”
I John 3:1 (The Message translation)
“Imagine God’s Love Revealed” – The theme for this year’s advent devotional book from the Ohio Region of the Christian Church. I toss that four-word phrase around in my mind, chew on each word, savor the flavor of the four-word combo. I feel the sweet taste of it and smell its pleasant aroma. Imagine-God’s-Love-Revealed is cooking in my kitchen right now. I am cooking up a big batch of it as I imagine God’s love made known. Even an extra big batch so that I can share it with a hungry world.
The recipe card I use contains the simple heading, “God’s Love Revealed”, and the ingredients that follow, although sometimes difficult to find, are not all that rare when one knows where to look. Needed is a teaspoon of each of these essential ingredients: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness. Mix all ingredients together and stir gently for one imagining minute with your best Holy Spirit Spoon.
To those who would say “God’s love is limited and imagining it revealed is an exercise in futility”, they obviously haven’t tasted this recipe, haven’t savored its flavor, or sipped its sweetness. That is why it is so important for all the God-squad imaginative cooks to heed the call, report for duty, and head to the kitchen right now. Start stirring up abundant batches of “God’s Love Revealed” and share those batches with all who hunger for just such a meal! May it be so this Advent season and in all seasons of all the years yet to come.
Rev. Cynthia Klingemier,
Regional Elder OH District 4 and Commission on Ministry Team 1 Leader