Advent Devotion


“For God so LOVED the world, that He gave His only Son”


“Love came down at Christmas, Love all Loves Divine”


For some strange reason, it seems that we can sense the Love of Christ being exhibited when we go through rough times. I can remember the vast outpouring of the Love of Christ when my Father-in-law Eddie Monks passed away. It was incredible and seemed to go on for days and weeks and months. Likewise, when my Dad, JC Brown passed away – people from this church drove the 5 ½ hours to come to the funeral. I sensed the Love of Christ outpoured when my Mother-in-law had an accident at her home and needed long term care – you were there. When Great Granny Phillip’s passed away this past winter, the Love of Christ sustained us. When our daughter had major surgery last spring, the love of Christ was poured over us time and time again. In each of these times, the Love of Christ filled us, lifted us and sustained us and helped us to begin moving forward again.


But there are other times when Christ’s Love has been poured out and sometimes it is harder to sense, but it is there none-the-less. When I came to this church almost 25 years ago, you accepted me into your fold and cared for me as a young single Minister. Then I met the love of my life, Lisa and our love grew into a marriage of almost 24 years. You were there to support us in our engagement, showers and wedding. Then as our family began to grow with the births of our daughter Lissa and four years later our son Brandon, you were there, pouring out the Love of Christ at each and every turn and milestone in our lives. The love of Christ was poured out as you helped us pack and move from our apartment to our first house and then again to our second house as our family outgrew each former residence. I have sensed the love of Christ as you attended our children’s sports events and concerts and activities outside of church programming.

If Love is equated with Christmas as in the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, may the spirit of Christmas present in our hearts in all of our days.


Merry Christmas!


Phillip Brown