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The Real Spirit of Christmas

posted Dec 20, 2015, 2:47 PM by joicy b
It's an amazing story...an angel of the Lord has shared news with a young girl that she is to give birth to the son of God. And her response?

I’m bursting with God-news;
    I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened—
    I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
    the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.

And why such joy? She knew that God was using her to fulfill an important promise to His people.

He knocked tyrants off their high horses,
    pulled victims out of the mud.
The starving poor sat down to a banquet;
    the callous rich were left out in the cold.
He embraced his chosen child, Israel;
    he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.
It’s exactly what he promised,
    beginning with Abraham and right up to now.

Based on Luke 1:39-55 from Eugene Peterson's "The Message."   Click here to listen to the message, and access related resources.
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