Finding Love

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by Gail Pallotta

Luke 2: 11-12, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. You will find a baby wrapped in cloths lying in a manger.” 

God sent Jesus to save sinners, because he loves us. Jesus suffered and died to conquer death for us, because he loves us. In Matthew the Pharisees asked Jesus, “…which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” He told them “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it. Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22: 36 – 39). 

Christmas brings messages of our Savior and God’s love. There are so many different kinds of love. We love our friends, our fellowman, those in need, our spouses, and our children. God tells us to love our enemies.   

In college I knew an atheist who tried to convince me our lives evolved from science. It seemed every time I entered our campus restaurant to sit and sip a soft drink he rushed to my table with a new argument. Finally, one day I said, “If scientists are so creative why haven’t they developed love? If they could I’m sure they would be selling it. It would make a fortune.” 

He never spoke of our lives and the universe as a scientific phenomenon again. Years later I read some scientists believed there were chemicals in the brain that generated love. I couldn’t help but wonder if he was one of them. Even if he was and mentioned it to me, I’d tell him God put the chemicals there. 

Sometimes today with all of the angry people spouting hatred as their mantra, we may wonder if love has run out. It does appear there are some who would like for us to abandon love. Sometimes people try to buy it or force it on another person, but no one can dictate the feelings of a person’s heart. Love must be received and given. It was given on Christmas in Bethlehem and again on the cross when Jesus died for our sins. We only need to accept it. Once we do, it lives inside us and spills over to others. 

About the Author:

Gail PallottaAward-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. She’s a former Grace Awards finalist, a 2017 Reader’s Favorite Book Awards recipient and a TopShelf 2020 Book Awards Nominee. She’s published seven books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. Visit Gail’s website at gailpallotta.com

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