Saturday, December 25, 2021

Fairy-Tale Gospel Reading

Blessed Christmas to you, dear Crumbles! Recently I recorded a reading of a piece written for a church Christmas brunch in 2007. This is my best attempt at capturing the narrative of the whole Bible, a love story at its heart, in 15 minutes or less in relatively non-preachy language. May the Lord bless it to your encouragement and use.

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us" (1 John 4:7–12, ESV).

"This soul of ours hath love, and cannot but love some fair one;
and O, what a fair One,
what an only One,
what an excellent, lovely, ravishing One is
~Samuel Rutherford, The Loveliness of Christ, Kindle location 348).

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