Merry Christmas!

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
The Word became flesh
and made His dwelling among us.

One of the highlights of Christmas is spending time with family and friends that live far away. My brother and his family are driving home to mom’s house today, and I can’t wait to see them!

Visits are great. We look forward to them every year and before you know it it’s time to say goodbye again.

2000 years ago God sent His Son- not to visit us but to dwell with us. Webster’s defines dwell as: to live or stay as a permanent resident.

I know you’ve heard it a million times before. But today think about it once again… the living God, the creator and sustainer of all things chose to leave the glory and splendor of Heaven so He could come and live with you and me.

In the business and chaos of this Holiday season stop with me for just a moment… Stop and enjoy His presence.

Can you hear Him? He whispers to you… over the ads on television, the barking shoppers, and the whining kids. Can you see Him? He’s right there beside you… stuck in traffic, in line at the checkout stand, in the messy house.

He didn’t come to visit. When our homes are clean, and fresh sheets are on the beds. He’s not here for the weekend. When the bows are handmade and the cookies are home baked. He’s here to dwell. To live… In the mess. In the chaos. In the imperfection.

And He loves every minute of it. Every minute of our perfectly imperfect lives. He loves it, because He loves being with you.

Emmanuel, God with us, here to dwell. Praise His name, Emmanuel!!

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