December 19, 2019 MERRY CHRISTMAS

December 19, 2018

Christmas….What does Christmas mean to you?
I am going to be honest with you, usually by mid-October, I am playing Christmas music.  Why?  I honestly don’t know.  There has always been something about Christmas that gets me up on the tire.  The gifts…maybe.  The family time…sure.  The smells of Christmas…yeah I like those to.  A nativity scene…yeah that is pretty special.  I can remember a time when I would spend Christmas at Grandmas house, the warmth of her home is something I can still feel to this day.  She would always sing the song “Emmanuel” growing up I never really understood the meaning of the word “Emmanuel” over the last few years I have began to really reflect on that word and what it means. 

“The Lord your God will give you the sign.  Look!  The virgin will conceive a child!  She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (Which means ‘God with us’)” Isaiah 7:14 (NLT)

The center of the Christmas message is a God of love who desires to be with you.  It is humbling to think that I serve a God who desires to be with me.  Have I always desired to be with Him?  Honestly…no.  So, to think that He wants me, desires me, loves me, after all I have done….Humbling.  This Christmas season, consider your relationship with Him.  And as you consider it, sing these words….“Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel, shall come to thee oh Israel.”

So, have a very Merry CHRISTmas knowing that God loves you and wants to be with you. May you know the presence of your Heavenly Father in a special way during this blessed season.

CHRISTmas to me means….Relationship.

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