This second week of Advent draws our attention to love. Not just any old love, like the love of a special dish of food, the love of a sport, or even the love of family, but the love of God—His love for us, that we cannot begin to understand or reproduce.

In this season of the year, hearts are piqued by the concept of love for love’s sake. Movies and songs of the season capitalize on the concept. We’ve seen and heard the stories about the Christmas Shoes, the Christmas Wish, the Happy Holidays. However, when we consider the underlying force behind Christmas itself, I think a not traditionally Christmas song tells it well:

When hoary time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

(“The Love of God” verse 2, by Frederick M. Lehman, 1917)