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Love will not be denied, will not be shut out.
Love overcomes every barrier.

Love is here for you now.
Drop your defenses and open now your heart.
Love is here.
Love is here.

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Listen

But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has brought forth; then the rest of his kindred shall return to the people of Israel. And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth; and he shall be the one of peace.

Micah 5:2-5a

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Think

A favorite book from my childhood is The Little Engine That Could. The story is about a little blue train engine that is drafted to deliver presents to the boys and girls on the other side of the mountain when the other, bigger engines either could not or would not help out.

Today’s prophecy, from the prophet Micah, predicts that an unlikely town, the little town of Bethlehem, would produce a great ruler of Israel. During the Christmas season we tell the story of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. Who would have thought that such a small, insignificant place would produce somebody whose message would change the whole world?

It makes me wonder what God can do with each of our little, insignificant lives.

Amy Butler

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Pray

Sometimes I feel like my life is insignificant. Remind me today that you can use my life in ways I never expected. Amen.

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Go

Live into the love God is bringing.
Love in ways that test the vast expanse of God's gift,
Limit yourself only to sharing God's gift with profusion.
Love is here.
Love is here.

Amy Butler

Amy Butler has served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. since 2003. In her free time Amy loves to travel, read, garden, and write. She often comments on faith and life in general on her blog, Talk With the Preacher. You can also read her columns every two weeks on Associated Baptist Press. Amy lives with her family in Washington, D.C.

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