Friday, December 14, 2012

12 Pearls of Christmas | Day 1 - God with Us . . . And Us with Him by Susan May Warren

12 Pearls of Christmas | Day 1 - God with Us . . . 
And Us with Him 
by Susan May Warren

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God with Us . . . And Us with Him

By: Susan May Warren

Every year over labor day weekend, the Warren family has a  MWE.  Mandatory  Warren  Event. It’s a call to come home and enjoy the long weekend with our favorite people. Since my children have left for college, I relish every second of this weekend—the laughter in the kitchen,  the  long conversations in the family room, the frenzy of backyard football, the  quietness  of  the  morning as we drink coffee on the deck and watch the sunrise. I  cherish  these  people,  and  when  they are with me, I drink in their presence.

I’ve been reading the prophecies about Christ this season and came  across  Isaiah  7:14:  "Therefore the Lord himself will give you[ a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel."

I am struck by the word Immanuel. God with us. The closest I get to comprehending this is reading about how Jesus’ loved his disciples. Surely they relished the time with  him  more profoundly after his resurrection, knowing he would soon leave.

Thankfully, he didn’t leave them for long and sent His Holy Spirit. God . . . still with them. 

As I consider the magnitude of this God who would come to  earth,  who  would  abide  with  the disciples, and then with me, I have to wonder not only  do  I  relish  God’s  presence  in  my  life, but does God relish time with me? Am I committed to embracing His entrance into my life? Am I even making the effort to see Him?

Imagine that during our MWE weekend, I ignored my children, and they, me? I would lose the joy of their presence.

It is not surprising to me that the Jewish people did not  recognize  their  Savior.  After  all,  who would guess that the Almighty might  package  himself  as  a  baby  and  appear  among  them, fragile and dependent? But today, we know the story, we know the miracles, we know the  truth, and God invites us into an abundant relationship, one  that  He  wishes  to  relish,  one  that  will change us. A relationship that will slake our thirsts and satisfy our hungers. One that reminds us that we are never alone.

Because every day we are a mandatory event to our Immanuel.

This season, look for the ways that God is your Immanuel, with you, every day.

Susan May Warren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 40 novels. With over 750,000 books in print, her stories of family, romance and adventure have earned her acclaim and reader fans from around the world. Visit her website for upcoming books and sneak peeks!



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