Pastor’s Monthly Column
God is with You
by Mark S
Pastor Mark’s December message for the Voice newsletter, available as a PDF here.
“They shall name him Emmanuel,’” which means God is with us.” (Matthew 1:23)
Lights are going up around town. The temperature is dipping. No snow yet, but predictions show it is near. In various stores and malls around town you’ll hear the familiar music. Yep, the Christmas season is upon us. Technically we are entering the Advent season on the church calendar, but culturally we’ve entered the Christmas season.
During the Christmas season we hear that the baby Jesus will have another name. He will be called Emmanuel, which means God is with us. As Christians we know this to be the greatest gift of all. We know Emmanuel is the reason for all of the festivities. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” we hear from the famous song. Maybe for all the reasons listed in the song. But, mostly because it is a reminder for us that “God is with us.”
While this time of year might be wonderful for many, it is also one of the most stressful time of year for others. I’ve already seen a number of posts on social media on “How to beat the Holiday stress.” Instead of giving you a list of “How to’s” to think about, I’ll just give the encouraging reminder this month that “God is with you.” How might you find time to slow down in this busy time of year to focus on the gift of Emmanuel? I know it sounds like just another thing to add to your busy list. You’ll be glad you did though.
As you recognize “God with you” perhaps this will also spark the motivation in you to share this Good News with others. Maybe it’s through words, telling someone about Jesus, telling someone about your faith, or inviting them to church with you for Christmas. Or, maybe it is through actions. Perhaps you share the Good News of Emmanuel through kindness to a stressed worker, special financial gift, gift for a person/family in need, etc. We can help make Emmanuel known through our words and actions.
Have a blessed Christmas! “God is with you”