Jeremiah 31:3

I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.

Words made flesh

Every year I find myself watching the Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. Yes it’s sweet. Yes it’s sentimental. And I love it. The scene I want to call to mind right now happens very early on in the movie. Young Mary Hatch is sitting at the drugstore counter next to her grade school crush George Bailey. When George isn’t paying attention, knowing he can’t hear out of his one ear she whispers to him, “Is this the ear you can’t hear on? George Bailey, I’ll love you till the day I die!”

This statement is a bond that connects the many scenes of the movie as George and Mary go their separate ways only to be reunited time and time again as they fall in love, get married, save the Old Building and Loan, start a family, and just plain get through life. Through it all, through thick and thin, as life ebbs and flows Mary’s love is constant.

When the prophet Jeremiah speaks these words in the third verse of his 31st chapter his message to the people is the same as Mary’s. While we the people might be hard of hearing, not hearing the message of everlasting love that God speaks to us, God’s love for us is the one constant in our lives and throughout the generations. Through it all, through thick and thin, as life ebbs and flows God’s love is a bond that connects the many scenes of our lives.

And this love and continued faithfulness are not just words either. They are words made flesh, incarnate, and shown most perfectly in our savior Jesus the Christ.

Pr. Daniel Joyner Miller