Second Sunday in Advent; Love

A common keyword for the Second Sunday of Advent is Love. For victims of sexual or domestic violence the word is entangled with all sorts of connotations. Unfortunately, not all of them are good. Feelings and positive emotions are often twisted in abusive relationships. They can become words of torture instead of  words that bring healing.

Advent is a time for Christians to refocus and gain clarity. The word Love for the Second Sunday in Advent reminds us that it is okay to receive and give healthy love. 

The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:4 that love is patient, kind and does not envy. It is not proud in an arrogant type of way. This is a scripture that many survivors find worth remembering because it outlines the tenants of a healthy relationship. Envy, lust and arrogance doesn't build up a relationship it destroys it. 

During this Second Sunday of Advent let us reflect on the word and what it may mean in our lives. Let us take inspiration in it and know that we are worthy of healthy love and of being loved. Love shown through patience and kindness endures. It builds each other up and most of all it doesn't abuse.