|Nativity scene at my church. The infant Jesus will be added on Christmas Day.|
Do you have a favorite word at Christmas?
Mine is Immanuel, "God with us." To know Jesus is in every breath I take, enabling the next beat of my heart -- this comforts me more than I can describe.
Years ago when I had an accident and sat in excruciating pain, waiting for an ambulance to arrive, one of the first thoughts to enter my mind was the words from Matthew 28:20, "I am with you always."
Immanuel or Emmanuel, however you prefer to spell it, God is with us. We need Him more than gifts, the approval of people, or anything else.
|window lantern at my church|
With the Presence of Jesus in our lives we have light -- direction for the many decisions life requires of us.
Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying,
I am the light of the world:
he that follows me
shall not walk in darkness,
but shall have the light of life.
Light is so important. I usually wake up briefly around 4 a.m. every day. In an effort to not wake Beloved, I walk across the house to the powder room. A night light, the microwave clock, and tiny little LED lights embedded in some of our wall outlets break up the darkness just enough so I can navigate without stubbing my toes on furniture.
Immanuel, God with me, gives me just enough light to get me where He wants me to go.
|another Nativity scene at my church|
Worshiping the baby in the manger both privately and with others enhances my understanding of God's love for me. While we desperately need frequent quiet times alone with the Lord, we also are commanded to be with others of like belief.
None of us can go it alone. We need others to listen to us; we need to listen to them. The sharing of our lives with others, face-to-face, is how our Creator designed us to live.
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,
as the manner of some is;
but exhorting one another:
and so much the more,
as ye see the day approaching.
|Joseph and the manger taking shape;|
lavender threads will be Mary's clothing