Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.” - 1 Thessalonians 3: 11-13
This piece fascinates me. A stock photo from a huge database; we have no way of knowing the artist’s intent in creating this piece. Despite this, it is amazing how vividly it depicts the transformative power of God’s love in our lives: the anatomically correct heart showcasing the grittiness of reality is pierced by God’s love, unlocking the eyes of our hearts and allowing us to see with the eyes of Christ.
The more I look at it, the more I am moved by God’s love for me. This is the power of creativity; taking a concept as vast as God’s love and filtering it through the fallible mind of a human being with stirring result. Love is a subject that we as human beings, never tire of trying to capture in an image, word, or song. Maybe that’s something that God desires. The Father’s abounding love for us took physical form through Christ’s birth. Many prophecies of old are fulfilled in the Advent season, building to a mind-blowing crescendo with Jesus’ entry in that small, cold stable.
In the verses above, Paul bubbles over with love and affection for his fellow believers, praying that the Lord “make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you” (v.12). This encouragement is something we embrace in this season. Love is not just a feeling. It is an action we must choose to partake in every day. We cannot do this on our own, but only with a heart transformed by God.
We pray for an increase of your love, Father, that we may pour it back into our community through the works of our instruments, brushes, cameras, and voices. As you go through this week, take a moment to meditate on what abounding in love can mean for your creativity. The Father’s abounding love for us took physical form through Christ’s birth.
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