When Love Breaks Through 

When love broke thru 

You found me in the darkness 
Wanderin’ thru the desert 
I was a hopeless fool 
Now I’m hopelessly devoted 
My chains are broken 
And it all began with You 
When love broke thru 
And it all began with You 
When love broke thru 

I did all that I could to undo me 
But You loved me enough to pursue me 
Yeah, You drew me out of the shadows 
Made me believe that I mattered, to You (You) 
You were there, You heard my prayer in that broke down dusty room 
It was the first time I said, “I’m Yours” 
The first time I called You Lord 

– “When Love Broke Thru”, lyrics by tobyMac

Think about the profound story this song tells! This is a story of how God pursues us through our lives. No matter where we go or how hard we try to destroy ourselves, God never gives up on us or forsakes us. How absolutely amazing is that?

  “Yet it was our weaknesses He carried; it was our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for His own sins! But He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on Him the sins of us all.” – Isaiah 53:4‭-‬6 NLT (http://bible.com/116/isa.53.4-6.NLT) – Read all of chapter 53….

Love breaks through our weakness, our sorrows, our brokenness. We have the opportunity every year to show the world how great God’s Love and Grace and Forgiveness are. We can show it to the unchurched and the unsaved; to the broken and depressed and hurting through our gifts of time and money. Countless opportunities are available throughout our communities to help the less fortunate during the months of November and December …. but what about the rest of the year?  

God doesn’t wait until the beginnings of the holiday ‘season’ to offer His Grace; why do we confine ourselves? Why not all year round? Reading Isaiah 53 and the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, it seems to me that the biggest celebration maybe shouldn’t be at Christmas but at Easter. After all, we don’t really know when Jesus was born, but we do know the time of His sacrifice and His redemption! 

Don’t get me wrong. I adore Christmas. I love giving gifts and seeing the joy of the recipient, and I admit that I love getting presents, too. Even though I’m struggling a bit this year to get out of myself, I love having the opportunities to serve others. Seeing the decorations and lights is heartwarming, and I enjoy putting out my own decorations which includes several nativity sets. Contemplating the little scenes of Mary and Joseph and the shepherds as they worship the baby King brings peace to my heart. Babies are such a beautiful picture of God’s Love and renewal, and the Christ child is the ultimate picture of it all. It all began with Him, when Love broke through the chains of sin that bind us.

Today and every day, celebrate the birth of our Savior!

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