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Even as early as a month or more beforehand, the throbbing has already begun! The very air has begun to feel charged with excitement and joy, for Christmas is on its way. The approaching celebration of the birth of baby Jesus has spirits rising. It has us gazing at the night sky, remembering the wise ones who came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him." (Matthew 2:2 NIV)

Our hearts beat a little faster as we unpack our nativity scenes to be placed in the traditional spot for all visitors and family to see. Our eyes fall on that tiny manger and the baby lying therein. The words of the heavenly host quicken our hearts, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests" (Luke 2:14 NIV)

Beside the manger kneels the figure of Mary gazing upon her Child. How her heart must have swelled as it did when she sang her marvellous song, "For the Mighty One has done great things for me — holy is his name." (Luke 1:49 NIV) Her song rose to that Great Heart that is love.

Here I am reminded of the words of a great niece as she watched her grandmother light the candle in the centre of an ornamental, heart-shaped candle holder — a tradition before family meals at that time. As the wick caught fire and burst into flame, the child spoke softly saying, "Christmas has a Heart."

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (NKJV)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You are the Great Heart, and we thank You for the gift of love that You sent mankind: Your Son, Jesus. May our hearts throb with the adoration that is due Him. Amen.

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