God With Us
This Christmas season has not been easy on most of us. At a time when we should be able to find peace we've been slapped in the face by the evil that rules this world. Innocent children have been snatched away. I cannot think of a more brutal way for evil to show itself. I have not written since that day because I just didn't know what to say. My heart hurt for those parents, fear tempted me to pull my kids close and not let them outside and I've gotten weary of all the political controversy that this tragedy has fueled. My heart has cried out,
"Lord, do you see?"
"Lord, do you hear?"
"Lord, are you here?"
In my frustrated cry, he has reminded me of the most important promise, the one that sustains me no matter what life brings. It's not a promise that make the pain cease, or makes my life easy. He promises me that no matter what life brings, no matter how much pain I face, he is with me.
He is with us.
Emmanuel, God with us, is what we celebrate this coming Tuesday. In the midst of tyranny, slavery and debauchery, God came to Earth, came and lived among us. He cried with us, laughed with us, felt pain and joy with us. He came to be with us.
He is with us.
I will not bother with the question of "Why, God?" I have learned in my own life that it's better to just trust in this all knowing, long suffering God than to shake my fist at him and demand to know why bad stuff happens. It's better to just remember that He is with me and he knows, he sees, he feels. In our moments of heartache, he reminds us that he is with us and he is enough. One day, he will wipe every tear away, the pain will cease and we will find complete rest in his presence.
I pray that despite the pain and sorrow this season has brought, we will find the courage to proclaim that Emmanuel has come, that God is with us. He sees, he hears...he is here. He is our joy, he is our strength and he is our peace.
Emmanuel, God with us.
"For unto us, a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6