Welcome God’s Love

Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us.
Let not my doubts or my darkness speak to me.
Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us.
Let my heart always welcome your love.
Jacques Berthier
©1998, Les Presses de Taizé, GIA Publications, Inc.


Over 40 years ago I flew to Colorado to visit my grandparents. It was an unusual week, because the sun didn’t shine. That week was one gray day after another. I was there in the early spring, and it certainly didn’t match my childhood memories of hot, sunny summer days. I enjoyed my time catching up with family, but I missed the sunshine. As I was flying home, the plane broke through the clouds, and there was the sun. I knew, of course, that it had been there all along, but the clouds had seemed so overwhelming that it was easy to forget.
There are times when we allow clouds to obscure our vision, so that we fail to recognize the light of Christ. There are times when the clouds threaten to overwhelm us. These clouds take so many different forms, from personal challenges, to family struggles, to the news and what’s going on in our community and the world. There are times when we allow our doubts or our darkness to speak to us. There are times when our hearts find it hard to remember God’s love, let alone welcome it.

When we open our hearts to God’s love, it is like breaking through the clouds and seeing the sun. Even better, we can leave the clouds below us. As we move into the holidays, it is easy to become so wrapped up in the preparations and activities that they block out the whole meaning of the season. We get so caught up in all we have to do, that it gets in the way of seeing that Thanksgiving is about celebrating our blessings, and Christmas is about remembering God’s great love for us in giving us Jesus. Open your heart and welcome God’s love this holiday season. Soar above the clouds.


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