Lighting the candle of love

December 20, 2010

As I think through, and even read through, lists of Christmas carols, few if any traditional carols focus on Love.  Certainly there are lots and lots of modern carols that use the word love, but most of those are really talking about lust, not love.  Some are even bold enough to talk about sex.  And of course there are plenty that talk about the love of material love, Santa Baby is a fairly modern (20th century) and one of my favorites from my childhood (also the 20th century) that I haven’t heard in years – An Ax, An Apple and A Buckskin Jacket(Hey, if you have heard that song, please respond to this post)

But as we think about the last candle, the candle of LOVE, there aren’t a lot of carols that come readily to mind.  O Little Town of Bethlehem has a great couple of lines in reference to God’s love:

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.

And certainly Joy to the world closes on a high note of love:

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Both of these songs bring the Love of God into focus for a line or two, but I can think of no song that takes its shape, that builds on the theme of LOVE.  But that doesn’t mean we should just skip this week.

How about a song writing contest?   OK, maybe just a poem contest, since I can’t read or write music.  Please, give me your best poems of Christmas; with the theme of God’s love for us as the central focus.  I will share any I receive, and maybe share a verse or two of my own.

Lets see what happens if we focus upon our own creativity as we ponder the great, great love of God this Christmas.

And if you can think of a traditional carol (Neither The Chipmunks, Mariah Carey, nor Wham count as traditional groups, by the way.) with the main theme being love, send it my way too, please.


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