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Thanks be to God for His Indescribable Gift!

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 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 increase 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. He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? "He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, 'They will respect my son.' Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.