Advent December 2nd: Saint Llechid’s Day
John 3:16 (cont.)
on being giving
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
To be missional is to be giving. God’s giving love is extravagant. He holds nothing back, even giving to the point of giving His “only begotten Son.” Jesus, the second person of the Godhead in turn gives Himself as a sacrifice for us. This extravagant giving is at the heart of God’s saving grace for the world. To be missional, means to be giving, even to the point of sacrifice.
Dec. 2nd is the 6th Century Saint Llechid’s Feast Day. Saint Llechid was the virgin daughter Ithel Hael, who moved with her entire family from Britanny to Wales. She founded Llanllechid in Caernarfonshire, North Wales, and there was a healing well situated nearby. This day also commemorates Saint Bibiana of Rome, who maintained her faithfulness and virginity in the face of terrible persecutions and eventual martyrdom. Tradition says she endured her torments with joy, and died under the blows inflicted by her tormentor.
Prayer: Lord, teach me to give my self wholly for a world in need of Your great love. Like the holy women saints of old who stood firm and joyously in the face of persecution, and have given us an example of sacrifice, teach me to give my all for Your truth and love.