If you have attended church for any amount of time, you are familiar with John 3:16. It reminds us that God loved us so much that he sent Jesus. Not to condemn us. To save us. From sin, darkness, death, and evil. I find that tremendously reassuring this Christmas season.
I especially appreciate this passage in The Message:
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted…” (John 3: 16-18a)
The essence of Christmas is a Love Story. Greeting cards seem to believe that. Made-for-TV movies appear to think so. First-century Christians believed it so fully they were willing to die for this story.
I need reminders. Reminders that I am loved now – in the middle of heartache and sorrow.
The lyrics to the song Lord, Remind Me were shared with me recently.
That the one who heard our weeping
Became a child in manger sleeping
Lord remind me
Cause it’s Christmas and I want to remember
My prayer this Christmas is that I will remember that incomprehensible act of Love. You can read the lyrics here.
This story of Love gives meaning to everything we do in the Institute. We empower storytellers. Tellers of the most life-changing story in the history of the world. There is not a better story we can tell.
Tell me how he loves
Tell me how he wants me
Tell me the story like I’ve never heard before…
God loved us so much He sent His only Son to give us a whole and lasting life. Not to accuse us, but to help put the world right again. What if more Jesus-followers were ready to tell that story of love?
At Christmas I’m reminded I am loved. And I’m reminded that getting the next generation ready to speak, to tell the best story in all of history, just may be some of the most important work to be done today.
With love at Christmas,
Are your children empowered to share the story of Jesus’s love with others? Get started at iccinc.org.
Dr. Teresa Moon, founding President and CEO of the Institute for Cultural Communicators, is an internationally-recognized seminar speaker, education consultant, author, and leadership coach. Each year, she travels globally equipping students, teachers, and parents to become “cultural communicators,” transforming ordinary students into extraordinary communicators and authentic leaders.