Season of Christmas

“Love Came Down”
by Christina Rossetti

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 all men,
love for plea and gift and sign.

Advent Prayer of Love

Dearest Emmanuel,
We pause to remember
the miracle of your birth,
the arrival of Love in the Flesh.

Your love creates a need for you, 
but also satisfies that need.
Your love creates
a vision of peace and joy
and orders the steps
toward that vision. 

Your love is medicine
for the parts of me that sting
and throb with a hurt
that I can't quite understand. 

Your Love is Divine
but speaks to humans. 
Through Jesus, I see a love
that is not afraid to be vulnerable
and a love that trusts

Your Love does not try
to power-over, but tenderly
reaches toward us,
until we reach back.

I take comfort knowing
that nothing can separate us
from Your Love.


Lara Stoudt