As I was perusing a few hymnals in search of some less-than-usual Christmas fare for today’s services, I found a beautiful poem set to the melody of the old 17th century carol "Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella". And no, I had never heard that carol, either, but it’s fabulous. Here are the new lyrics, written by Ken Bible (I think that’s his real name!):
Love has come, a light in the darkness!
Love explodes in the Bethlehem skies.
See, all heaven has come to proclaim it;
See how their song of joy arises:
Love! Love! Born unto you a Savior!
Love! Love! Glory to God on high.
Love is born, come share in the wonder;
Love is God now asleep in the hay.
See the glow in the eyes of his mother;
What is the name her heart is saying?
Love! Love! Love is the name she whispers;
Love! Love! Jesus, Immanuel.
Love has come, He never will leave us!
Love is life everlasting and free.
Love is Jesus within and among us;
Love is the peace our hearts are seeking.
Love! Love! Love is the gift of Christmas;
Love! Love! Praise to You, God on high!