December 19, 2018
John 13:34-35 A new command I give you: Love one another.
Christmas is where I first found love. True love. When I accepted Christ into my heart, my life changed. I sat in the corner of First Baptist Church watching my younger sister on stage in the role of “Townsperson #7” as I heard the story that would change me. That brisk and heavy-hearted evening, the true story of our Messiah being born hit my heart in a way I can only describe as a God moment. That night, surrounded by hundreds, it felt right then that it was only me and Jesus there. As people sang, scenes were played, and angels came down the aisle, I started to cry. I heard about a child, a small baby who was born with the purpose of loving me. That this boy would grow to be a man, would go through a death so extremely painful, for one reason – when I sin, my slate would be wiped clean. No matter how poorly I do, this child was born to show me that even then I am loved beyond deserving. That’s why I cried. I found true love. Because of the birth of Jesus, I am who I am, and I love who I love.
In this season, in this time of love, find your true love for God. Find it in a fortune cookie or a play that your younger sister is performing in. Go, go out, find love, be love, show love and be His disciple.
Khaleigh Rose Hopkins