This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
1 John 4:9 NIV
Celine Dion is always in her fans’ thoughts and prayers as she struggles with stiff person syndrome, which sees her unable to perform. Sharing Celine’s plans for the year ahead, her sister Claudette revealed how the family is hoping for Celine’s recovery just as the star’s fans are. Speaking of spending Christmas as family, Claudette said: “We follow in a tradition that our mom modeled for us, our dad too, to gather as a family to celebrate Christmas.”
We show we truly love someone by how we act towards them. When we are in love, or deeply care about someone, we let them know this in the way we treat them, in the way we speak to them, in actions big and small. What a blessing to have someone’s love for us revealed. There is no greater example of this than the first Christmas. The apostle wrote this in 1 John 4:9: “This is how God showed his love among us: he sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” There is no greater sign of God’s love for us than the gift of His own son, the Lord Jesus. As Christian Rossetti wrote in 1885: “Love came down at Christmas, love all lovely, Love Divine. Love was born at Christmas, star and angel gave the sign.” If you ever wonder if God loves you, just look to a manger in Bethlehem. Jesus came for a singular purpose – to be among us to become our Redeemer. You are deeply loved by your Creator, who expressed that love by coming to be with us. Jesus is your gift of love. Reach out in faith to receive that love.
These have been words from the heart.