Pastor's Devotion for a week beginning December 14, 2016

Isaiah 7: 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.

We’re not sure of everything, really.

We are sure that Jesus was born of a young woman, as Isaiah prophesied.

We are sure that Joseph was a willing participant in the workings of the Holy Spirit.

We are sure Mary said that whatever the Lord God wanted, she would serve fully.

But we’re not sure of some things.

Like what Immanuel means.

“God is with us.”

“Are you sure?” the skeptics ask.

“God is with us.”

(We hope/think/pray).

And then sometimes we wonder if it is true.

We feel certain that Jesus was born, crucified and even raised.

But what about that name.

Immanuel.

“God is with us.”

We look at our world and shake our heads.

We look at our families and wonder.

We look at our churches and friends and institutions and culture and say “really?”

“Are you (God) really with us?”

Okay, let’s be honest.

It’s all about faith and we trust that it’s true.

But if Jesus can be born of a virgin, if wise men can come from the East, if Joseph can accept his betrothed’s plight, then yes.

“God is with us.”

Advent is about Jesus coming into our lives.

Once, long ago, as a baby.

Then once again, sometime when we will least expect it.

But in between times, there is still some good news:

“God is with us.”

May not make the pain go away.

But sure might get us through it.

Lord, stay with us.  Amen


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