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Heart Ablaze with Love

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:6-7 NIV)

This verse is very familiar to us. When we read it we think of Christ being born for us. We let the words ‘Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace’ flow over us like a comfortable blanket. And then we miss the last sentence; “The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!”  The passionate commitment of Jesus. Not only is he determined to give this gift to us but he’s driven to it. With a heart ablaze with love for each of us, he agreed to be born in a stinky manger filled with animals so that we would be free. As I contemplate the love of a God who so desires my heart that he passionately commits to a life that requires such sacrifice, I realize my blanket just got a whole lot more comforting.

–Elaine Kapetanakis

Written by Diane Levy

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