Emmanuel

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Emmanuel

Emmanuel. God with us.

God is always with us. No matter where we are, who we are or what we do.

If we stray from His presence, He is with us.

If we praise Him and worship Him, He is with us.

If we fail, He is with us.

When we reach the mountain top, when we succeed, He is with us.

When we disavow Him, He is with us.

When we’re glowing on the mountain top, He is with us.

When we’re groveling in the valley, He is with us.

When we don’t trust Him, He is with us.

When we struggle with temptation, He is with us.

When we live out of our flesh, when we choose our way over His way, He is with us.

When we are sick, He is with us.

When we give up, when we turn tail and run, when we show cowardess instead of courage, He is with us.

When our loved ones abandon us, He is with us.

When people cheat us and treat us unfairly, He is with us.

When death invades our world, He is with us.

When our world falls apart, He is with us.

No matter who we are or what we’ve done or who we’ve sinned against or how we feel or what we think, God is with us.

Emmanuel. “God with us” has taken on a whole new meaning for me this year. And as I face 2013 I am confident that the God who created me, the God who loves me, protects me, provides for my every need, He is with me.

Emmanuel.  Emmanuel.   Emmanuel.  Is that an awesome thought or what?

And So It Was . . .

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.manger

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.