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Wednesday, December 5
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

"And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all just as we abound in love for you." (1 Thessalonians 3:11)

Before my sister was born, my parents taught me to say "my sister is my best friend.” It was a mantra we repeated (or was more often quoted at us when we argued), but a reminder nonetheless that we had a friend in each other before we had anyone else. Now as a parent, and after helping Gideon prepare for the birth of his brother, I understand that my parents hoped that Abigail and I would have the same love for each other that they had for us.

Expecting a baby is exciting, but it is also stressful and filled with unknowns, especially for the new siblings. In the same way that Paul seeks to encourage and guide the church in Thessalonica, or parents prepare a child for a new sibling, so we also must prepare ourselves during Advent for Jesus' birth.

Jesus' arrival, and eventually his ministry were huge disruptions to religious and social systems. Perhaps during this season you can embrace that disruption and explore what it would mean for you to "increase and abound in love for one another and for all" in the same radical ways that Jesus showed love.

Lydia Bunch