By: Alice Ann Johnson, Director of Music and the Arts
Love Came Down at Christmas
Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love divine;
Love was born at Christmas;
Star and angels gave the sign.
Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, Love divine;
Worship we our Jesus,
But wherewith for sacred sign?
Love shall be our token;
Love be yours and love be mine;
Love to God and neighbor,
Love for plea and gift and sign.
(United Methodist Hymnal No. 242)
The above poem by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) was written in Time Flies: A Reading Diary as her entry for December 29, 1885. The word “love” appears 11 times, twelve if the word “lovely” is included in the count.
The poem is based on 1 John 4: 7-11: Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Our scripture for today, Psalm 89: 1-4 begins “I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever…”
Let us remember this as we sing our carols this Christmas.
Dear God, thank you for the love you have sent to your people. In this season of love, help us to love others as you love us. Amen.
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