"The Greatest Love"
The Love of a Father for His Children

"Love to be real, it must cost, it must hurt, it must empty us of self,' (From the book Works Of Love Are Works Of Peace, Mother Teresa of Calcutta and the Missionaries of Charity, A Photographic Record by Michael Collopy).

The most perfect example of love is the love of our Father. Sending His only Son to become a babe, to walk the earth, to live His life as a man, with the full knowledge of his impending death. The knowledge of rejection, humiliation, hate and suffering that he would experience. Yet, living this for those He loved! Showing love and compassion in an incomprehensible way. One of His greatest examples of this love is clearly revealed as he suffered on the cross, never forgetting His great sacrificial love and compassion for us. He spoke, "Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing' (Luke 23:34). In His own pain and suffering, He thought of us, not Himself. Compassionate, caring words of a man who had suffered so much. Though the people still did not understand who this man was, or His true intent. "And they divided His garments and cast lots. And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, "He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen God." The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine, and saying, "If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself." And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew:

One of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us." But the other, answered, rebuked him saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due rewards of our deed; but this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said to Jesus, "Lord remember me when you come into Your kingdom." And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.' (Luke 23:34-43)

Never thinking of Himself, always obedient to His Father and showing great love and compassion for those His Father loved. The beauty and depth of this brings forth a feeling in my spirit that is so great there are no words that are descriptive enough to hold the feeling and true meaning.

The words of Mother Teresa, "Love to be real, it must cost, it must hurt, it must empty us of self.' These words bring great joy to my heart as I look into the eyes of a sick child and know that searing pain in my heart is my Father's unfathomable love for that child and me.

Father, I pray that you re-teach us this love. Show us how to truly love one another with your love and not the love of this world. Show us how to unconditionally give love and compassion to all, not just a few chosen. Help us to understand and share this great love and compassion with others. Helps us to break down of all of the prejudice and hatred in this land and let the love of Jesus spread throughout this land like the mighty rushing winds. Touch us with Your tender yet firm understanding of your divine truths, wisdom and understanding of the way of Your true love for each and everyone of us. Then teach us how to give this love away freely with no expectations.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthians 13:13)

The Music in the background is "Michael Shull - Silent Night" played on a dulcimer by Michael Shull. This Music is from his Christmas Album "Dulcimer Christmas" We will be using Michael's Music often.

Michael has several albums of dulcimer music. To see his selection, go to his web site at http://www.michaelshull.com/index.htm

The Art on this page is from Darel Tank. Are you looking for a Christmas present that will last forever? You may purchase his art at http://www.darreltank.com
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