(Emmanuel) – God is WITH US!

Dearest Father, we thank You for giving Yourself to us in a world so dark without You. We, so helpless and cowering in the face of our destruction, kept wallowing in our own filth, but You pulled us out with Your own hands and embraced us despite our mire.

And how did You do it? You sent Your Son as a baby, helpless Himself for the first time in eternity. And as He grew, He was able to understand in a new way our pain, and His own heart hurt immeasurably for our blind stumblings. And His flesh tore on Golgotha, helpless once again. But really, helpless as He seemed, He crushed death and rescued us.

So we thank you, Father, for Your sacrifice and surrender. And in this Christmas season we celebrate Christ indeed. We thank You for Christ-With-Us then. We thank You for Christ-In-Us now. You are always to be praised.

What a gift God has given us. And what a God He is.

That same night, in amongst the other stars, suddenly a bright new star appeared. Of all the stars in the dark vaulted heavens, this one shone clearer. It blazed in the night and made the other stars look pale beside it.

God put it there when his baby Son was born – to be like a spotlight. Shining on him. Lighting up the darkness. Showing people the way to him.

You see, God was like a new daddy – he couldn’t keep the good news to himself. He’d been waiting all these long years for this moment, and now he wanted to tell everyone.

(from the Jesus Storybook Bible)

#27 – Benjamin, my most gracious and patient boyfriend.

#28 – A day of exceptionally warm weather (37° instead of 5°).

#29 – A new plunger, which is a thing of beauty with the tiny pipes in our apartment.

#30 – A culinarily creative roommate who whips up tasty meals.

#31 – A chapel message focused on the beautiful story of Jesus’ entire life.

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