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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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Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have posted sentinels; all day and all night they shall never be silent. You who remind the Lord, take no rest, and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it renowned throughout the earth. The Lord has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: I will not again give your grain to be food for your enemies, and foreigners shall not drink the wine for which you have labored; but those who garner it shall eat it and praise the Lord, and those who gather it shall drink it in my holy courts.

Go through, go through the gates, prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway, clear it of stones, lift up an ensign over the peoples. The Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to daughter Zion, “See, your salvation comes; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.” They shall be called, “The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord”; and you shall be called, “Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.”

Isaiah 62:6-12

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Think

There are some experiences in human life that leave us utterly and profoundly changed. The coming of God to earth in the person of Jesus Christ is just such an event.

Now, being charged with carrying the message of hope to the world, we can never be silent. Until God’s kingdom comes on this earth, we work to build up the highways that lead others to him, to lift up lives of grace and purpose, dedicated to ushering in the gospel way of life.

This is what the coming of Messiah means for us, and we cannot rest until our whole world reflects God’s deep and abiding love for all humankind.

Amy Butler

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Pray

Now the work of Christmas begins, O God. Make me your agent for change and transformation in this world. 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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