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His Unexpected Love

by Julie Dibble

We are preparing our hearts for His arrival. For we who believe, the anticipation builds each Advent Sunday, and effortlessly in between. The bountiful, cleansing, life-changing Love from heaven came down.

As women, we can – but at the same time we cannot – imagine Love going down our birth canal. The Savior of the World arriving head first. After all, He is the head of His Church.

What a miracle transpired inside and through Mary’s virgin womb!

Pause a moment.

Allow awe to take its proper place in your heart, mind, and soul.

Doesn’t Jesus promise to make us new creatures, change us from the inside out?

His love will not grow weary or faint. His love parts seas, softens hearts, lifts the humble, and opposes the proud.

God’s love didn’t just rain down from heaven. He came down! To meet us in real-time. To reveal His holiness and goodness and power:

When You did awesome works that we did not expect, You came down, and the mountains trembled at Your presence. From ancient times no one has heard, No ear has perceived, No eye has seen any God besides You, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him (Isaiah 64:3-4).

Jesus, the Word made flesh, climbed mountains, walked dusty roads, sailed stormy waters. Though the prophets foretold, though the Jews were waiting for the Messiah, nobody expected Him in diapers.

Are we making room for His love this Christmas?

Mary said, “Yes, Lord.”

Are we believing for a miracle in our own bodies, opening ourselves to the unexpected?

Mary received Love to reside within her, something that was ONLY possible through the Holy Spirit.

As it is today, let us fling open the gates of our hearts and welcome the flood of His love. Let us abandon expectations and increase our awe of Our King. There is no telling what He may do in we who wait for Him …

Yet You, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter, we are all the work of Your hand (Isaiah 64:8).

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