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Re-awakening to Love: A Poem for Advent 4B

By Rachael Keefe

Love isn’t always what we think it is, nor is it always easy.

Re-awakening to Love: A Poem for Advent 4B

We fool ourselves
thinking that love is easy
love is natural
while we confuse
love with so many other 

We love food and pets
children and friends
spouses and cars
with no distinction in our

All the while wondering
if we are worthy of love
if we are loveable enough
if we need to do more
have more
be more
to receive the love we 

Advent Love is none of this

Advent Love does not care
about our possessions or 
bank accounts
if we do nothing with them
for the sake of our neighbors

Advent Love is the opposite of
our empty words and ambivalent actions

If Love were as easy as we 
pretend it is
Christmas would be unnecessary
God would not have needed
to break into our hard, cold world
with an infant
just to ease our fears

The Advent of Love is an ancient calling
an old, old song whose 
lyrics we have long lost
a melody sung to the whole of the Cosmos
inviting us into all things possible

The Love we long for is here
in and through us all
woven through the rhythms of Creation
we seldom notice

When we arrive at the manger this year
may we notice the ancient song
being sung once more
inviting us to Love our neighbors
as ourselves
in ways the break the bonds of Empire
and free us all to live in peace
the peace on earth promised
to all when the angels proclaimed
the first birth

We are notes in that song
instruments of Hope
playing together in a 
symphony of promise

We are the Love come down
at Christmas
changing our tune is long overdue
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About Rachael Keefe

Rachael is an author, a pastor, a teacher, and a poet. Her latest book (The Lifesaving Church - Chalice Press) is on faith and suicide prevention. She is currently the pastor of Living Table UCC in Minneapolis, and has launched a spiritual direction practice.

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