It’s a beautiful morning in Charlotte today!  The sun is shining and the sky is bright blue.  As I drove home from a meeting I couldn’t help but gaze at the sky, and there before me, up in the sky, was a huge image of a cross!  It was formed by two intersecting lines made by jet streams.  These lines didn’t just intersect, they formed a giant cross that was stretched out across the sky for all to see!

We had just celebrated Christmas at the meeting, so how wonderful it was to  see such a visual reminder of the Christ Child!  As I gazed up at that cross, the following Bible verse came to me:

His banner over me was love.   – Song of Solomon 2:4 (KJ)

 Yes, indeed.  That cross was spread out like a banner of love across the sky.

Then words came to me from the sermon last Sunday, given by our Senior Pastor, Terry Moore:

For God so loved, that He gave.

 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,

so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.

– John 3:16 (NLT)

For God so loved that He gave, and His gift was Love.  A symbol of that love was stretched out overhead.

Another Bible verse came to mind.

Love covers all sins.  – Proverbs 10:12

God’s love, Christ’s love, both cover me, and their love covers all my sins.  I am forgiven.

The verse came to me again.

Love covers all sins.  – Proverbs 10:12

 Their love covers all sins, not just all my sins, but ALL sins…everyone’s sins!  Jesus’ love is for everyone, and everyone who comes to Christ is forgiven!

I’m to forgive others, too.   In Christ, my love should be enough to forgive others.

And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

– Matthew 6:12

Oh, Lord Jesus, what an amazing sight that cross was up in the sky!  Thank You for being a banner of love over us.  Thank You for being God’s gift of love, and for being Love itself.  I give thanks that Your love covers our sins, and that through You we are not only forgiven and freed, we are also given eternal life with You in the glorious place we know as heaven.   In honor of You, please help me to be about love this Christmas.  In Your holy name I pray.  Amen.