Passage for today:  Matthew 1:18-25

Here we are…Christmas Eve-Eve.  While it would be easy to dive into a theological discussion about the connection of Matthew 1:23 and Isaiah 7:14, I’ll save that for another time.  For today – this Christmas season, let’s lock in on Emmanuel…meaning God with us.  We know that God crashed into our world over 2000 years ago as a baby in the Bethlehem hillside.  This baby was named Jesus which means “the Lord saves” – Jesus grew up and showed humanity the hope, peace, joy, grace and love of God…then went to the cross to fulfill the meaning of his name and rose on the 3rd day.  He then appeared to many – all of this as he promised.  In one of his resurrection appearances he met his disciples on a mountain near Galilee and promised to be with them to the end of the age (Matthew 28:16-20).  God with us to the end of the age!!

By now you may be a little more tired, a little more frazzled – a little more cranky than usual…stop for a moment and realize hope, peace, joy, love and grace are right there…God with you…us…Emmanuel!  Now, breathe a little easier and let a smile spread not only across your face but from your heart.  Merry Christmas!!