Love Came Down at Christmas

February 17, 2013

I love the last line of this poem by Christin Rosetti–

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 Rosetti, poet

February 17, 2013

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) came from a well known li­ter­a­ry and ar­tis­tic fam­i­ly. Her fa­ther, Ga­bri­ele Ros­set­ti, in po­li­tic­al ex­ile in Eng­land, was a pro­fess­or of Ital­i­an at King’s Coll­ege in Lon­don. Her bro­thers Dan­te Ga­bri­el and Will­iam Mi­chael were among the found­ers of the Pre-Ra­pha­el­ite Bro­ther­hood, which gave birth to the 19th Cen­tu­ry Eng­lish art move­ment of the same name. The Pre-Ra­pha­el­ites, for whom Chris­ti­na was a fre­quent mo­del, al­so in­clud­ed Ed­ward Burne-Jones, Will­iam Hol­man Hunt, Ford Ma­dox Brown, John Ev­er­ett Mil­lais, Will­iam Mor­ris, John Rus­kin and James Mc­Neill Whist­ler.
Rossetti’s Christmas poem “In the Bleak Midwinter” became widely known after her death when set as a Christmas carol first by Gustav Holst, and then by Harold Darke. Her poem “Love Came Down at Christmas” (1885) has also been widely arranged as a carol.

In the bleak mid-winter frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter, long ago.

Our God, heav’n cannot hold him nor earth sustain;
Heav’n and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter a stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty Jesus Christ.

Enough for him, whom cherubim worship night and day,
A breastful of milk and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for him whom angels fall down before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air:
But only his mother in her maiden bliss
Worshipped the Beloved with a kiss.

What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give him – give him my heart.


Luke 4:1-4

February 17, 2013

Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days he ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, he was hungry. And the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ “ (Luke 4:1-4)
      Father, please help us live this way: by every word that comes from you. Help us daily feed on your Word, Jesus. Guide us by your Holy Spirit through every temptation as you did with Jesus. Thank you.

A word received: Keep trusting in me.

Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98; *; 103; Deut. 8:1-10; 1 Cor. 1:17-31; Mark 2:18-22
HC: 91 or 91:9-15; Deuteronomy 26:(1-4)5-11; Romans 10:(5-8a)8b-13; Luke 4:1-13
Monday: 41, 52; *; 44; Deut. 8:11-20; Heb. 2:11-18; John 2:1-12

Albany Intercessor

Lent Quotes: John Owen on daily mortification of the flesh

February 17, 2013

A good reminder during Lent –  morification of the flesh should be our DAILY WORK:

”The choicest believers, who are assuredly freed from the condemning power of sin, ought yet to make it their business all their days to mortify the indwelling power of sin. So the apostle, “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth” (Col 3:5). To whom does he speak? Such as were “risen with Christ” (v. 1); such as we’re dead with him (v. 3); such as whose life Christ was and who should “appear with him in glory” (v. 4). Do you mortify; do you make it your daily work; be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you. Your being dead with Christ virtually, your being quickened with him, will not excuse you from this work.”

John Owen: (Overcoming Sin and Temptation, 50)

thanks to A Glorious Revolution for the quote (Feb 11 2013 entry)

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