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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

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see — I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

Luke 2:8-14

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Think

I imagine it must be disconcerting to be just going about your business when an angel appears. It happened to the shepherds in our text today when the angel of the Lord appeared to them to tell them something was about to change. And they were filled with great fear.

Anytime a change comes, fear can’t be too far behind. It’s scary to think about a new reality, even if it’s a reality we desperately want. For us, change has come; Jesus is here. Will we be able to overcome our fear of change and invite God to deeply and profoundly change us?

Amy Butler

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Pray

You have come to change my life, O God. Help me to be open to your change this day and every day. 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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