Advent -Monday, December 6, 2021

Author: Holly Reimer

Philippians 1:3-11

Reflection: v. 9, ‘your love might become even more and more rich with knowledge’

Love is something that gets left behind. Here’s what I mean: it’s something that we feel long after we are no longer in the physical presence of someone we love. Love is how we make people feel—heard, seen, special, worthy, etc. All of these happen as a result of taking time to be in a relationship with one another, sitting down with a stranger and listening to them, sharing our own stories, calling each other by name, looking one another in the eyes, slowing down. Love is creating space for one another, whether it is a physical space or an emotional space where we can share the parts of ourselves where we find delight, and/or the parts where we struggle. It is in this love, an investment in ourselves and the ones around us, where we find the wealth of knowledge. It is here where we can find the blessing that Paul is talking about, where abundance and life is found. Love reveals, it creates space for learning and growth, and it gives life in such a way where we can all feel heard, special, and worthy.

Prayer Lord, may the love that you have given to us, and the love we share with one another build upon itself in such a way that breeds more love. Amen.

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