Advent Thought for Monday 21st December

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

Isaiah 7: 14

“All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).”

Matthew 1: 22 – 23

God with us, that is quite the assertion. In a world where God so often seems distant and unknowing, having God with us stands out as a peculiarity of the Christian faith. Ours is not a distant God whom we need to appease by sacrifice, nor is God indistinct from us like other religions. Rather God is with us, travelling and journeying through this life and waiting for us when we move to the life that is yet to come.

As a child I used to worry when I turned around and my mother or father were not there. If I couldn’t see them I panicked even though they could see me. Invariably when they came back, they showed me where they were and that I was perfectly safe the whole time. As a grown up I think this is a good illustration that often when I think God is not there and I cannot see him, he can still see me and I am perfectly safe.

Prayer: Father you have promised to never leave me nor forsake me. Please make the reality of that real to me.

Action: As you go through today who can you see who can’t see you? Use this to remind yourself that God never leaves you alone.

 

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