Matthew 1:23 “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”
For many this Christmas will be hard. Some have lost spouses, or parents, or other loved ones. Some are dealing with loved ones on hospice. Some are facing questions about their health. For all of you, I have good news. God is with you.
For many this Christmas will be difficult. Some are underemployed, or underpaid and struggle with their finances. Some are seeking a job, while others struggle with their occupational calling. For all of you, I have good news. God is with you.
For many this Christmas will be difficult. Some are in abusive relationships. Some find relationships hard to develop. Some are lonely. For all of you, I have good news. God is with you.
And I could go on.
We are about to celebrate the birth of Jesus and that makes all the difference. Jesus is Emmanuel “God is with us” and he promises to remain with us (Mt. 28:8).
As we transition from the anticipation of Advent into the realization of the Incarnation at Christmas, cling to God’s promise. God is with you. God loves you.
And may you find the Hope, Peace, Joy and Love of Jesus Christ this Christmas.