Labor of Love

December 24, 2008 — 2 Comments

Well, we just finished our 3rd–and last–Christmas Eve service of the evening. 

Wow!  What a beautiful night with some lovely people.

I spoke after my wife sang the song, Labor of Love, by our friend Andrew Peterson.

Here’s a YouTube version of Andrew’s song:

After Rhonda sang this song tonight, I followed with the following comments.  I share them with you with a prayer that we’ll all let our love for God motivate us to do great things for him tomorrow, next week, next year, and the rest of our lives.

Lyrics to Labor Of Love by Andrew Peterson :
It was not a silent night
There was blood on the ground
You could hear a woman cry
In the alleyways that night
On the streets of David’s town

And the stable was not clean
And the cobblestones were cold
And little Mary full of grace
With the tears upon her face
Had no mother’s hand to hold

It was a labor of pain
It was a cold sky above
But for the girl on the ground in the dark
With every beat of her beautiful heart
It was a labor of love

Noble Joseph at her side
Callused hands and weary eyes
There were no midwives to be found
In the streets of David’s town
In the middle of the night

So he held her and he prayed
Shafts of moonlight on his face
But the baby in her womb
He was the maker of the moon
He was the Author of the faith
That could make the mountains move

It was a labor of pain
It was a cold sky above
But for the girl on the ground in the dark
With every beat of her beautiful heart
It was a labor of love
For little Mary full of grace
With the tears upon her face
It was a labor of love

 

Love is a great motivator–by Arron Chambers

Love is a great motivator.

Think about how hard you worked and how many stores you visited over the past few months, weeks, or days (for most of the men in this room) searching for the perfect gift—the one that would most effectively communicate your love for the recipient.

 

Love motivated my parents.  They worked so hard to make Christmas special.  I remember waking up on Christmas morning and looking through the darkness at the gifts.  Each assembled—and non-assembled–gift represented a labor of love.

 

Love motivated your parents, too.

 

Love motivated you.

 

Love is a great motivator.

 

Love motivated Mary through 9 months of the gossip and the accusations directed at a virgin carrying a baby divinely conceived.  Love motivated Mary through a painful delivery (without the benefit of an epidural) in the discomfort of a stable.

 

Love motivated Joseph to stand next to his betrothed during her difficult pregnancy.  Love motivated Joseph on the long trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem with a very pregnant wife.  Love motivated Joseph to stick by his wife every step of the way.

 

Love motivated God to send Jesus to this earth as a baby.  The birth of Christ was an amazing expression of God’s love.  In John 3:16 we read, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

 

For God so loved the world.

 

For God so loved Colorado.

 

For God so loved Greeley.

 

For God so loved you.

 

Yes, God sent Jesus to this earth to live a sinless life and to die for our sins, so that you and I could have the chance to live forever with him in eternity.

 

It was an amazing thing he did for us.

 

It was a labor of love, but he did it because he loves us and . . . as you know . . . love is a great motivator.

 

I pray that tonight—as we think about how much God loves us—that we’ll also think about how much we love God.

 

Because . . . as you know . . . love is a great motivator.

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2 responses to Labor of Love

  1. 

    How true the statement. Love motivates us to do many things. Maybe in the New Year it can motivate us to now do for God his work here on Earth that was started so many years ago. We can all ask the question, “what will love motivate me to do for God’s people?”

  2. 

    Would love to hear your wife sing it. 🙂

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