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Wednesday: Observe Love

Do you know what hurts so very much? It’s love. Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain. There are two things we can do when this happens. We can kill that love so that it stops hurting. But then of course part of us dies, too. Or we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.
— Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom was a Christian who, along with her family, helped rescue and harbor hundreds of Jews during WWII. Eventually being betrayed and reported to the Nazis, she was imprisoned in Ravensbruck concentration camp. Losing her father and sister, she survived narrowly, going on to write The Hiding Place about her experience.

In the quote above, written after her experiences, she describes love. Contemplate her statements. How has that been true in your life? Have you ever been blocked from love? Have you ever killed love in an attempt to quit hurting? 

Reflect on this Advent season and your preparation for Christmas day:

How would asking God to open up another route for love to travel change your Christmas season? 

Do you think that God can turn that darkness into light?  

Reflect on your relationship with The Light:

How has He continuously loved you through different “routes” when you pushed his love away through sin and self righteousness? 

How has he redeemed those dark places in your life through his inventive love?