"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin
will be with child and will give birth to a son,
and will call him Emmanuel."
Emmanuel...God with us.
What an amazing promise from a Holy God to the fallen, very flawed people who are His heart. God with us. He has been from the beginning, when man was still perfect and the relationship was pure and sweet. He was there when man first turned his back on God, horribly changing the future for all who would come after him. He was there through every moment of captivity and every century of struggle. He was there when his own perfect Son was born as a human baby and he walked with him every step of his earthly life - right to the cross. There, for the first time, he turned away. It was only for a moment, but what a horrible moment that must have been for the One who had known complete and perfect oneness with him.
Because of that moment we can know Emmanuel. God with us. If he withdrew his presence for even the blink of an eye we would cease to exist. He is with us and we are never alone. Each moment we live is sacred and blessed.
Where do you feel God's presence the most in your life? Where do you need him more? All you have to do is ask. He waits, ready to meet you. As you prepare for Christmas Day, take time in all the busyness to seek God, invite him to be present, and be still for a few moments to hear his still, small voice.
God be with you this Christmas season.