Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year

In the Christmas rush I never got around to adding a post for our fourth week of advent, Love. So as we think of the New Year, may love abound. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of using the weapon of love. I don't like the idea of love being a weapon, but I don't think that Dr. King meant the use of love in a manipulative or abusive manner. In fact, I don't think that true love is capable of manipulation or abuse; it is by nature pure and right. By the weapon of love, I think that Dr. King hit on an eternal truth of God; a Judo truth, you don't meet force with force. Evil doesn't stop evil, lies don't stop lies, wars don't stop wars, and death doesn't stop death. You may be thinking "wait! Jesus died so that we may have life" but it wasn't just an ordinary death, it was a death with resurrection. So whatever we face in 2007, whatever troubles, whatever joys-- may we face them with love. Happy New Year!

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
1 John 4:16

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