First Encounters (Love Nation, Day 2)

Love always starts with God. 1 John 4:19 says, “We love because He first loved us.” But I can’t help but notice, that God’s love is often first encountered through a woman. Through love God created everything we know. The earth, the heavens, the plants, and the animals. But at first, man had no companion. So God made Adam, that first man, a companion. And this was Adams response.

“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”
– Genesis 2:23b

And the Bible continues… “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” – Genesis 2:24 God is love, but He shares His love for us in many ways. God was sharing His love through all of creation, but a new kind of love showed up with Eve, that first woman. And if we move ahead through history we can once again see a new experience of love for us shared by God manifested through Christ. And again God chooses a woman to be the medium. Why? I’m not sure I have a good answer. I’m not really sure it’s a good question. But what I am sure of is that God has so often chosen women to share His love. He created women out of His love to share love. It’s obvious that men and women both know how to show love, but women are special. Early in our developmental years we start to show our differences. Boys are interested in power and control and getting dirty. While girls are more naturally drawn towards relationships, caring, and nurturing. Of course not every boy and girl is the same. And it’s normal for boys to be nurturing and girls to enjoy getting dirty too. But there’s something different between men and women in the fundamental motivation of life. One of those differences is the way we communicate. Women love to share their emotions. Men dread it. But emotions need to be shared. Especially love. So God made woman. And God chose to give us Jesus through a woman first.

“And Mary said,
My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my sprit rejoices in God my Savior,
for He has looked on the humble estate of His servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His name.
And His mercy is for those who fear Him
from generation to generation
He has shown strength with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
He has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has helped His servant Israel,
in remembrance of His mercy,
as He spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
– Luke 1:46-55 (The Magnificat or Song of Mary)

Christ’s first physical encounter with people was through a woman. And that woman did not keep silent. And while we can’t have a physical encounter with Christ right now, He is still here. He’s still loving us. Let’s not be silent. The Gospel of John says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” and it continues “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:1,14 God’s love is manifested through words, it was manifested through the Word. Do we have words for it? Do we have words for Him? Let your love take word and spread. Because our words of love may be someones first encounter with Christ.

Do you know Christ?

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