God with us

Friday December 28th, Matthew 1: All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us." The new thing has happed and is happening today in the lives of those around us. God is with us. God is with you and God is with me. God is with the people in our churches and God is with those who wouldn’t dream of ever setting foot in any kind of church. This new thing that God has done is both blessing and calling. A blessing knowing that God will continue to be with us and that our salvation and forgiveness is there, a gift from God. A calling knowing that God will continue to be with others in this world and we are called to deal with them, friends and enemies alike, knowing that we are dealing with the children of God. This does not make them automatically easy to get along with. It does not say that they see us in the same way. It does not make things all sweet and wonderful. It simply compels us to treat one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.


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