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Christmas Potpourri

Immanuel – God With Us

Is anyone else in a state of unbelief that it is mid-December?! I can’t even fathom how Christmas is less than two weeks away. It feels like it has crept up on me this year in so many ways. But in spite of that, I was excited to be able to share some Christmas thoughts with you this week.

Not long ago, I had a conversation with some friends about The Five Love Languages. One person shared she had recently heard whatever is your main love language is the area you may be most attacked by the enemy. For example, if your love language is words of affirmation, you may tend to deal with lies about your identity or find yourself deeply discouraged by criticism.

I don’t know how accurate the idea is, but within a matter of moments, I realized I had seen the possibility of it in my own life. My main love language is quality time, and often, the area in which I feel most vulnerable is relationships. In fact, I think one of my greatest fears is being alone. (Pretty ironic considering I’m not married, I live alone and none of my family lives in town anymore.) As I was thinking about all this, I even considered how there have been a few occasions in my life when I’ve had a great time with family or loved ones, then gotten in the car and cried as I drove away. Weird, I know!!

So in light of that conversation, when I found out I’d be writing something related to Christmas in this week’s blog, I immediately thought, “I have to write about Immanuel.”

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”) - Matthew 1:23

God with us. Wow. Let’s just think about that for a moment. For generations, God was unapproachable. For centuries, God was silent. From almost the beginning of time, God was far away. And now, He would be with us.

First in the form of a baby, humble, helpless, and a beacon of hope in our great big mess of a world. As we know, He lived a perfect life, 100% man, but also 100% God with us. But it didn’t stop there. He promised at the ascension He would be with us always (Matthew 28:20), and He fulfilled that by sending the Spirit.

So, this Christmas, whether you surrounded by family and friends, or alone like always or for the first time for years, remember, you’re not actually alone. God is with you. He is near. He is Immanuel. He is God With Us.