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Every day throughout December until Christmas Day I have committed to counting my blessings… and hopefully helping others to count theirs too! The Advent period is a time of pondering God’s many blessings to us, and I can’t think of a better way to let my heart prepare Him room than to fix my attention on who God is and what He has done for us.

I love children’s songs, for they focus our attention on essential truth. ‘Jesus loves me, this I know’ is one of the greatest blessings we can ever experience. To be loved is to have a permanent security blanket that can be wrapped around us at any time. Love holds us secure and provides stability, comfort, reassurance and hope.

God’s love is not fickle, capricious or temporary. It’s a tough, abiding, everlasting, unfailing love which can’t be earned, only gratefully received. God’s love was the motivation behind Christmas, the reason Jesus came to our world. (John 3:16) Even if no one else loves you and you have no other blessing to count, God’s love is there for you.