Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hymn-ful Sundays! "Love Came Down at Christmas"

For the third Sunday of Advent I've chosen this short poem by Christina Rossetti which was set to music as a Christmas hymn by several composers. The poem was composed and published late in the 19th century, and was one of many poems composed by this poet. Christina Rossetti began writing poems as a teenager, and religious devotion became a big part of her life after a nervous breakdown which caused her to leave school. Christina became well-known for her poetry, and her siblings were creative as well, one brother becoming a celebrated artist, and the other brother and her sister both becoming writers.

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 shall be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and to all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.

Christina Rossetti

This simple poem reminds us of the reason that Christ came to earth: as both the Word and the love of God manifested on Earth. The coming of this Love had been fortold for many centuries before He finally came to live among us. And this Love that came down at Christmas came for all, and is available to all. What an encouragement this is! To be reminded that Jesus came as our Saviour and the love of God incarnate.

Be blessed and shine in His Love!

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