by Ed Sinke
I love this time of year! It is a time of family, festivities, giving and caring. In our family, simple traditions surrounding the celebration of Christmas are once again experienced and cherished. So many details to plan for: preparing foods, watching Bing Crosby sing his way into a White Christmas and affirming the redemptive journey of Ebenezer Scrooge coming to an understanding that the business of life is the welfare of his fellow man.
As a family we love this time of year; while our children were young it was for them a time of delightful anticipation of gifts that would be under the Christmas tree, but with age that anticipation would be more focused on the relationships and joy that was now part of a tradition of celebrating our Savior’s birth.
This celebrating of the birth of Jesus is for us Christians profoundly meaningful and carries with it a truth that is often challenged and fought for in our daily lives. That truth is that Love Wins.
Consider for a moment that the birth of a baby would bring about the establishing of beachhead of hope and love in the battle for mankind’s heart. In a world where strength, wealth and power are idolized and sought after by many, this idea that love will win seems strange, even naive. But in the Kingdom of our Heavenly Father, those things so eagerly sought after by man are confronted with a love demonstrated in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. History shows clearly that those who follow Jesus in the trials and struggles of life come to know that in the end, Love Wins.
As we prepare for the celebration of Christmas and the beginning of a new year, it would do us all very well to embrace not only the idea that Love Wins, but also that the words written in 1 Corinthians 13 give us the prescription of how we can walk in love that will, in fact, at the end of all things, know that “love never fails”; it always wins.
So, dear CCF family, let us join together in 2016 to declare with our lives, our hearts and our voices that LOVE WINS!