Growing up in India meant a lot of Christmases were spent in rather delightful hot weather. An added bonus was that from the age of 10- 19 Christmas was in Goa! So you can imagine the golden beaches my brother, sister and I used to hit together. I have many fond memories of swimming in the sea, riding the waves, chatting away, building sand castles with moats around it and burying my brother up to his neck in sand. Some of these memories are from Christmas day and after our excursions to the beach we’d go home to delicious roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
Now my brother lives in the UAE and my sister in America - she definitely gets the snowy Christmases we all dream of! I miss my family on Christmas day and it’s been years since we were all together for Christmas. However, we don’t forget each other and we all love each other incredibly. What’s even more special is that we all love Jesus first and foremost and Christmas for us is remembering Jesus, whose love for us was and is awesome.
I think it’s apt to say, especially after this Christmas season, that ‘Love never fails’. A lot of us can identify with the joy and love abounding on Christmas day spending it with family and friends. This joy and love originated from our amazing Saviour, who in love came down as a baby to become a man to save us. It’s the most fascinating love of all and a love that never fails! Over the last few months I’ve been writing monthly blogs based on 1 Corinthians 13 passage about what love is. Each month I’ve been reminded, convicted, even at times, cried at how Jesus really is the essence of love and how I lack so much of what love is. There is plenty I have to work on and improve at, but what spurs me on is that daily God is at work in me.
So in this New year, instead of striving, lift up your head and know that his ‘Love never fails’, we fail daily, but he never does and his love keeps us in perfect peace. Be reminded that “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
As my love for my siblings won’t go away, even when we are oceans apart, and memories bring happy tears to my eyes, the deep truth of ‘Love never fails’ isn’t just reflected in humans, but ultimately in our Saviour, Jesus. Being a loving person will not harm you or others one bit, but instead do so much good for everyone. Love is just the perfect gift we can give others and is the perfect gift we were given thousands of years ago. It’s also a never ending gift given continuously, so enjoy.