It’s the Christmas season. I’m surrounded by people who love me, and I have so much to be thankful for. But storms are still raging around us, we’re still trying to find answers to help our Precious Roo, and I have to confess that I’ve been feeling lonely.
How is that even possible with my husband and the kids around, with a wonderful family and church family, and with dear friends who love me like family? I don’t know, but it happens.
I found the cure today when I was doing a Bible lesson with the girls. We’re studying names of Jesus this year, and the name we’re on now is “Immanuel.” It means “God with us,” and today’s lesson was full of verses to read and discuss. Here are some highlights:
“And God said, ‘I will be with you. . . .'” Exodus 3:12 (NIV1984)
“No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. . . . Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:5, 9 (NIV1984)
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 (NIV1984)
He is Immanuel—God with us. We never have to feel lonely again. God sent the Baby to the manger on that long ago starry night to fulfill His promise in human flesh.
“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23 (NIV1984)
What’s on your heart this holiday season? What verses is God using to minister to you this month? Please share them with Rebecca and me by linking up or leaving a comment here or at Mom’s Mustard Seeds.