I'm never surprised but am always amazed at the way God makes Himself known to us! On the Sunday before Christmas I visited a friend who would be spending Christmas in the hospital. He was recovering from open heart surgery. As part of our time together we read the Christmas story from Luke 2. As we did, the hospital room became as sacred and holy as any candle lit sanctuary on Christmas Eve. Jesus was there!
He is Emmanuel. His name means God WITH us, not just in the days around Christmas but in every moment of every day. What an incredible life advantage it is to have God WITH you in whatever you encounter. We know that having God with us doesn't mean that bad things won't happen, that we won't experience setbacks and adverstiy, that we aren't spared disappointment or other difficult moments. What it does mean is that when these things happen, we are not alone or on our own. God is WITH us to strengthen us, lift us and to walk with us.
My prayer for you in 2013 is that you will know as never before the power and wonder of Emmanuel with you every day and in every way!
Have a blessed 2013!