Friday, December 28, 2012


This Christmas season has been different than in previous years.

Everything about it has been such a blessing. Throughout the season I've been overwhelmed by the reality of what Christmas is truly about. For the first time, it was more than a story about a baby in a manger. Every time I think about it, read a scripture, hear a carol. I am awestruck at the enormity of it all. God sent His son, as a real life baby, to save me (and you).

I am so incredibly thankful for Jesus and his sacrifice for me, for us.

Then to think of His name.


God with us.

God with us.

To even think of it is overwhelming and fills me with such gratitude.

This past year has been a time of learning to trust God with everything. My broken heart, my son and his broken heart, finances, family, friends, cars, houses, all of it. Giving it to Him. An amazing thing happens when you finally learn to trust God. He is there for you. All the time. Turns out He has been there the whole time, I just wasn't paying attention. He is always with us, just as His name says. Emmanuel. God with us.

He is there, waiting for us to turn to Him. When we do, wonderful things happen. There is joy that comes with knowing Jesus that is indescribable. A calmness that comes from knowing that the creator of the heavens and earth is with you. Knowing that, in the end, everything will be ok (better than ok actually!) no matter how hard it seems at the moment. We can be assured of this through His name. Emmanuel. God with us.