Love Abides

Written by Dawn Cole-Savidge

Love may abide here
I will, to abide in love
Not in loves absence

I look a my babies overwhelmed by the love I have, literally overwhelmed. It’s almost painful.

This time last year my world was changed, I remember feeling terrified, unsure, out of my depth. I’ve watched them grow over this (weird) year and realised that each day my love has gone deeper.

How disorienting love is, and how life giving it is. If there is anything divine in this existence then truly it is love. Where love abides there also is God.

Because how devastating is it’s absence.

My dear beautiful life altering darlings I see creation, I see the beginning, the goodness, the hope when I look at you.

This world is beautiful and full of those who abide in love.

This world is terrible and full of those who are denied love.

This world is dark and full of those who withhold and pervert love.

This world can be changed by those of us who share love.

I promise I will do my best to show you how to abide in love.

How to share it and make space for others.

I will do my best to teach you but I know I will learn infinitely more from you.

Your future will have pain but it also has hope.

I have waited to meet you and I’m so overjoyed to abide with you in love.

Let us walk in the Divine together.


Dawn Cole-Savidge is a Communities Minister with Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, in Leadership with Affirm, and the mother one-year-old twins.

This post is part of an advent series. Twenty-Four diverse voices have been invited to share some thoughts on one of four themes (Hope, Peace, Joy and Love) each day during the season of Advent. Each contributor has been given just one theme and no further parameters – they may write as much or as little in the style of their own choosing.

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