And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
Merry Christmas and Felices Navidades!
We have had a wonderful morning in our home. The kids didn’t/couldnt sleep in, (which I felt was unfortunate, since Brian and I had been up late assembling Christmas cheer). This was the first year that all three kids were really anticipating Christmas morning. Seeing the excitement on their faces, and hearing their squeals of joy was really, really fun – and it was 100% worth staying up past my bedtime.
This year, to welcome the Christmas season, we have been doing a little bible/Jesus Storybook Bible reading at breakfast. Some mornings it was just totally insane, and I often wondered if all the effort was worth it.
But now I think it was worth it. The one theme the kids have come back to morning after morning is Immanuel – God with us. I am thrilled that that is a part of their vocabulary now, because this year more than ever it’s important for all of us remember.
This year, because our family is not with us; our old traditions are not with us; our old church family is not with us; all of our old normals are not with us… We can rest in the fact that God is with us, in the United States or in Spain, or Syria, Norway, The North Pole, or Tanzania. That’s why he came.
And since God is Immanuel, we can all celebrate. He is the same unchanging, close-by, comforting, forever, loving, faithful father he has always been. And for this we celebrate: because he sent his own son to a place that was dark, dirty, sinful and undesirable to be Immanuel.
Immanuel – God With Us.