Love Actually Is All Around Us…

It’s no secret, I love a good chick flick!  One of my favorites?  Love Actually.  Even before I ever saw this movie in the theater, I loved it.  My college roommate, Josie, and I fell in love with the preview and began counting down the days until it was released in the theater…Watch below, how can you not want to see this movie?

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The only problem was Love Actually didn’t come to Charlottesville, VA, so Friday morning, I picked her up from class and we road tripped to Richmond to see the very first showing.  And we loved it. (Aside from a few scenes we wanted to fast forward…does anyone else wish you could just buy the “clean” airplane versions of movies??)

Each year around Christmas I watch it again, as I assume most girls do.

What do I love most?  Besides a fabulous soundtrack, there are three things:

1.  Colin Firth
2.  Hugh Grant
3.  Thomas Brody-Sangster (aka 11-year-old Sam)

All of these three characters go on a pursuit for love.  We watch eagerly and tear up as they chase, run, and stop at nothing for the women they love.

Colin Firth learns Portuguese.

Hugh Grant makes house calls as the Prime Minister around the “dodgy end of Wandsworth” singing carols with his driver.

Sam learns to play the drums to be with his crush and bypasses airport security at a time when airports are on high alert.

They don’t let anything get in their way.

As a girl who loves love, how can you not love that??

Ann Voskamp in The Greatest Gift writes, “In all of humanity’s religions, man reaches after God.  But in all His relationships, God reaches for man.” 

Because of His great, all-consuming love for us, God came down to us.  As a helpless, innocent baby, He came near.  He came down to get us.  To rescue us.  To save us.

Because of His great, all-consuming love, God is reaching for us.  Chasing us.  Running towards us.  Stopping at nothing to purse the ones he loves.

Don’t you love that?  Who doesn’t want to feel chased, loved, pursued, and sought after.

My prayer for each of us this Christmas, is that our eyes will be open widely to see just how loved we are by God.

Far beyond even the greatest of love stories, your God is head over heels in love with you.  Rest in His love.

“I’ve never quit loving you and never will.
Expect love, love, and more love!”
Jeremiah 31:3 (MSG)

“I have loved you, my (daughter), with an everlasting love.
With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”
Jeremiah 31:3 (NLT)
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