Opinion: Remembering loved ones this Christmas

Angela Hindle.
Angela Hindle.

Love came down at Christmas is a poem by Christina Rossetti which became a carol.

In 2007 Jars of Clay released it on their Christmas album.

Residents in Pocklington have been moved by the plight of refugees.

Residents in Pocklington have been moved by the plight of refugees.

Since then it has been released by various artistes. It is a title that I think nobody can deny.

Whether a believer or not it is the time of year when anybody who celebrates the festival remembers loved ones with gifts and visits.

What exactly is love? Try Googling that question and there are countless beautiful definitions. 1 John 4.9 simply explains “God is love.”

The question is often asked where is God?

He can’t be seen, so many dismiss his existence. Love can’t be seen either. A body could be dissected and love couldn’t be found. It is a miraculous gift which has changed the world. It is one of life’s mysteries as is life itself. It is ineffable; too great for description in words.

Could we define love? What a great task that would be. The Bible describes love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8;

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

Imagine a dating website and replace the word “love” in the passage above with the blind date’s name; what a great prospective partner that would be.

People would surely jump at the chance to meet such a person.

Christians accept those ideal qualities were given to the world. John 3.16 claims, “God loved the world so much that he gave his only son.”

When we suffer we cannot explain why, just like we can’t really explain love. The Christian message is that our God sent his own son to suffer to show us His love. Again it is a mystery which defies understanding.

This son gave a new commandment: “To love one another as I have loved you.” Christians and non-Christians alike demonstrate this daily.

Many news headlines have shown us heroic actions of those who have sacrificed their lives for others.

Christ said: “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” John 15.13.

Love surrounds us. Christian aid is just one of the organisations which is working at present to support humanitarian efforts taking place in Europe to help the desperate refugees.

We have seen in The Pocklington Post the kind hearted residents who have been moved by the plight of the refugees. The group, Refugee Action Pocklington is working with Yorkshire Aid.

We are supported by love in our daily lives from so many sources. I started with a song and it is appropriate to end with another, “Love makes the world” by Carole King.

It does, it truly does make the world. If we took it away would we have anything left? Imagine family, friends with no love. No goodness would be left.

Tragically we see glimpses of a world without love when we see the terrorists strike but love is still somewhere, love rushes in with its huge open arms as the emergency services, the public, the world at large remind us of The Bible’s words “Love never dies” May you experience Love coming down to you this Christmas.