“Love came down” is a phrase that has repeatedly run through my mind as the Celebration has drawn near; Jesus came down to the earth with Love as His mission. I try to imagine what it was like for Mary and Joseph having to travel to Bethlehem, knowing that the baby Mary carried would soon be born. What was it like for them, when there was no “appropriate” place for Mary to give birth? What were they thinking when the only place in town Joseph could find for them to stay was in a barn? From what has been recorded about them, neither Joseph or Mary appear to have been very ‘chatty.’ In my mind I see them as quietly doing their best with what they had. They had God watching over them, they had each other and they soon would have a baby to care for. A relatively quiet beginning for the baby Jesus, but we know now that His Father was working behind the scenes. We know now that soon God would set in motion His divine plan, and the world would never be the same! “Love came down” not only to change the world, He came down to change you and me for all eternity . . . Praise Him!
I found this poem (written by a woman named Christina Rosetti in 1885) quite by accident and thought you might appreciate it too. Blessings to you this Christmas as you savor the wonder of His love!
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, Time Flies: a Reading Diary
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” I John 4:10