What kind of love?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Is there is a universal fix to the potholes in life that always seem to be cropping up? What kind of love can help us deal with the really big ones? Is there love that has no hidden costs, works the minute you use it, and is guaranteed to bear you up even when all seems unbearable?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Despite the fact that life’s highway presents pretty much hazards for all of us, there's a great disparity among drivers as to how to best deal with the potholes and dips in the road. Potholes. This time of the year is full of them. Christmas is the one time of the year when relationships are most put to strain. When it comes to negotiating the potholes of the season, you can either hit the gas and fly over them by sinking into a life of excess or just hit the holes and break down, unable to go any further, submerged in a life of retreat. One thing seems uniformly true, everyone is looking for fixes that work fast, cost as little as possible, and have some kind of guarantee. Unfortunately, human beings just aren’t very good at smoothing out life. So, what's left?

There is a universal fix that has no hidden costs, works the minute you use it, and is guaranteed to smooth out life’s rough spots every time. It’s called “love.”

Here's a story: About 6:00 A.M. on a Wednesday morning James Lawson of Running Springs, California left home to apply for a job. About an hour later his 36-year-old wife, Patsy, left for her fifth grade teaching job down the mountain in Riverside, accompanied by her two children, to be dropped off at the babysitter’s. Unfortunately, they never got that far. Eight hours later the man found his wife and daughter dead in their wrecked car, upside down in a cold mountain stream. His two-year-old son was just barely alive in the 48° water. But in that death the character of a mother was revealed in a most dramatic and heart-rending way. For when the father scrambled down the cliff to what he was sure were the cries of his dying wife, he found her locked in death, holding her little boy’s head just above water in the submerged car. For eight and a half hours Patsy Lawson had held her beloved toddler afloat and had finally died, her body almost frozen in death in that position of self-giving love, holding her baby up to breathe. She died that another might live. That’s the essence of a mother’s love. (Author unknown)

Thinking about cleaning your spiritual house this brief time before Christmas? Be sure to use the most powerful cleanser and restored known to man, love. There is nothing that can hold a Christian above life's torrents and whirlpools like love. It's so powerful that anything it touches is renewed, so penetrating that it can even dig deeply inside of you and restore a broken heart or aching spirit. Life's paths may be full of pot-holes and dips, but, when fueled by love, your heart will never falter, stop, or leave the road. You're on sure-footing when you fill your empty Advent heart up with the love of Jesus Christ. Then, and only then, are you ready for Christmas, relationship potholes and all.

We pray. Thank you Lord that in your love you chose to communicate with us, by the Word, by your holy apostles and prophets, and revealed to us your glorious plan of salvation, so that whoever believes on the Lord Jesus Christ would not be condemned. He is the Savior who loved us so much that he willingly went to the cross to redeem us from the penalty of sin, and reconcile us back to you eternal. He held us up in his love even though he was sacrificing himself so that we might live and someday be given new life in him in heaven. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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