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GOD WITH US
Have you ever thought about how different your life is when you are alone, versus when you are connected deeply to others?
We all face difficult challenges, such as issues in marriage, relationships, parenting and work. That is a normal part of life. But when we are disconnected from the support and love of others, we lose energy, become discouraged, and tend to repeat old behaviors that don’t work.
On the more positive side of life, we all have passions and dreams as well, such as a great family or a fulfilling career. Yet accomplishing those dreams will be accelerated or decelerated by whether we are working on them alone, or are accompanied by support.
Life is simply better when we are with others, and worse when we are isolated.
God designed us to be connected, and life breaks down when we are not.
Relationship is the very fuel of our existence and path. And this is not only true in our human connections, but with God Himself as well. The name given to Jesus in the Christmas story is wrapped up in this idea:
The virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son, and they will call Him ‘Immanuel’ (which means “God with us”). - Matthew 1:23
To be “with” means “on the same side.” It signifies that someone is present with you, has your back, is accompanying you, and wants to help you in every way. Jesus’ birth announcement provided another name for Him, to convey an idea of hope to us. It is that not only is God the Creator and the Sustainer of life, He is also present. He is deeply and intimately connected in relationship to you. He knows your struggles and your dreams, and walks with you through them.
Think how much better life is with the right safe people in your life. Then think how much better life is than this, when you allow yourself to experience the “with” of Jesus.