Early this December morning after Christmas, I breathed a sigh of relief and wondered, “Did giving three parties in five days mean I’m a certified nut case, or could I just be an obsessive compulsive party lover?” Where did that fit in with my resolve to down size December and take the holidays slower this year?
Really, I loved every minute of it, but this morning while it was still dark outside, I enjoyed a peaceful moment drinking coffee and reading God’s Word by the light of the Christmas tree and candles. I wanted to savor the truth of God coming near to us, reaching into our world through the birth of Jesus Christ in a stable.
I want to embrace the miracle of Emmanuel: God with us. God with me. God with you.
- God with you in the kitchen.
- God with you in the car as you drive through heavy traffic.
- God with you at work.
- God with you at the doctor’s office.
- God with you when the kids are fighting, you’re racing to finish dinner, and the doorbell rings.
I’m amazed by the words of the God who is with me:
“I am the bread of life…
...Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35)
“I am the light of the world…
…Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
“I am the good shepherd…
…The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)
“I am the resurrection and the life…
…The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” John 11:25, 26
Truly He is with us, and He meets all of our needs.
Thank you so much for reading my blog. As 2013 draws to a close, I hope you can take time to slow down and embrace the miracle of God with you.
What are your plans for the last days of this year?