|As we lit the final Advent Candle of love this Sunday, we can remember the great love that we experience when we recall how much God loves us. In the Gospel of John we read:|
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
|No matter how many gifts are under our tree when we wake up Christmas morning, we all are worthy of the greatest gift of all – God’s love and acceptance! Sometimes it is hard to accept complete and unconditional acceptance, but that is what God asks for us. He loves us just the way we are, and recognizes our true value. Each of us is unique and each of us is #CalledToBelong.|
|As you spend time together as a family, may we be mindful to make each moment count … remembering that among the hustle and bustle is the invitation to accept love and enter a joy-filled space of peace and acceptance. It is from there that we can draw upon our hope to meet the challenges ahead and develop an “attitude of gratitude,” by counting our blessings and looking for the silver linings when hardships arise … all with the confidence that we have the continual, unconditional acceptance of our God. “Oh Come Emmanuel,” as we celebrate the birth of Jesus during this magical time of year, may we hold steadfast knowing just how much HE LOVES US.
We wish our Gator School Community and ALL a very Merry Christmas and continued blessings in 2020!