Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Emmanuel Has Come

Mary waited, carrying the promise in her heart. She walked through her days carefully, feeling the weight of the child growing within her. Ordinary days filled with ordinary tasks, living and walking among the people she had known all her life.

Some looked at her with eyes filled with pity, while others turned aside when they saw her coming. She might have felt a tinge of anger or a longing to be understood. She did not. Instead there was a sense of overwhelming compassion - for they didn't know the secret. While they prayed for their Messiah to come and deliver them, He was already here - nestled right under her heart. The day will come, she thought, when everyone will see and know.

Two thousand years later we wait for the Savior to come again. But in the meantime He is right here with us, dwelling in the hearts of those who love Him and are called by His name. We walk among those who don't know the "secret" - who are looking for peace and hope and the answers to life's questions.

Oh, that they might see Him in us - dwelling among them.

“Look! The virgin will conceive a child!

    She will give birth to a son,

and they will call him Immanuel,

    which means ‘God is with us.’”

Matthew 1:23

"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel." Isaiah 7:14