Love Comes Down at Christmas

Love comes down at Christmas

In a most unusual place—

a rough stable

in a small village

in the distant reaches of the Roman Empire

Love comes down at Christmas

To a most unlikely pair—

A young girl

barely into her teens

pregnant and “Not Yet Married”

some might say “disgraced”

An older man

her betrothed

a carpenter by trade

eking out an existence by the work of his hands

family and friends and neighbors too urging him to ditch

that feckless girl

But Love comes down at Christmas

To that unlikely pair

far from home

turned out by friends and family

forced to find shelter for the night

desperate for a place to birth their child

Love comes down at Christmas

through a baby born to Mary

a baby like the babies many of you have born

a baby like we all once were

so very human and yet divine

Love so fragile, love so strong

Love, pure love, right there in the stable

 

But there’s more to the story for

Love comes out at Christmas too—

Shepherds in the fields hear a sound

An angels song sung just to them

Promising them a most special gift

A gift of joy, a gift of peace

All they need do is follow the star

 

Love still comes down at Christmas

(and throughout the year as well)

 

Love still comes down at Christmas

Even in our troubled world

Even in our messy lives

 

Here’s the best news of this day

The good news of great joy

The news of which the angels sing

 

Love doesn’t just come down to visit

Love comes down to stay.

Love comes down to dwell with us

With us in all our ragged ways

Love comes down to dwell with us

With us on our most miserable of days
And so we pause on this the holiest of days

To drink in the miracle of Christmas—

A baby—a most human baby—born in Bethlehem

Love come down at Christmas

And throughout the year as well

God with us—Emanuel.

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