I found the idea that this poem, with its repeated invitation “Come”, is about desire and longing to be a very helpful insight. The structure of the poem – again and again God calls to us “Come” until finally we too call to God “Come” – inspired me to reflect on the idea that “We love because God loved us first” (1 John 4.19).
The one whom we desire has first desired us.
The one whom we, in our Advent liturgy and hymnody, invite (“Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!” “E’en so Lord Jesus, quickly come” “Come down O Love Divine”) already holds out an open invitation to us.
The one for whom we long, longs for us with a longing too deep for words.
Our love, our desire, our longing, our invitation will always be reciprocated because it is always a response to what we already find in God, and what God is already doing in us.
This year for #AdventBookClub a group of us are reading “In The Bleak Midwinter” by Rachel Mann. Join us on Facebook or Twitter for daily reflections and discussions. We are also raising money for the Trussell Trust: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/adventbookclub2019.