Sunday, December 14, 2008

Emmanuel

...God with us.

Today at church the sermon was about God being with us.  Always.  He was named Emmanuel, God with us.

It was talking about the times when we just don't get why life throws us curve balls, and why things just don't seem to be working the way we had planned.  But that even in the times when things just don't seem right, God is there.  Always there. 

I loved this message.

These last couple of weeks we have been struggling with N's behaviors, and E's behaviors, and daycare.  We have taken them out of daycare and are working with friends to keep them at home.  We have amazing friends.  Things worked, and fell into place that not only were we being blessed and helped, but that we were able to help our friends by giving them some extra money when they needed it.

We have several very close friends that are dealing with some very hard situations, children sick, weird lab work, businesses closing, lost jobs, school issues, health issues... and the common denominator is that we all know our God as Emmanuel.

We don't under stand it, we don't pretend to have the answers, and we don't always do so well in trusting that God's got this, and us, in His hands.   But He does.  So we pray. We are reminded in sermon's like this morning's that this Christmas we are celebrating the God, who is with us.  Who became flesh so that He could be one of us. And so that we would always have the knowledge that He loves us above ALL else.

Emmanuel.... Gos is With us... Praise your name!

2 comments:

SupermomE11 said...

I love you!!!

Hugs,
E

steffany said...

Emmanuel has such a special meaning in my heart as well. It was the name of our son we were going to adopt in Liberia. We were to adopt him and his sister Marion- Marion died before we could bring them home- The village they came from heard about it and came and took Emmanuel out of the orphanage- THe orphanage was Christian and since they had no understanding of the faith they believed Marion was sacrificed (she actually died of malaria) They took him away to "cleanse" him of evil spirits. I never found out what happened to him, but his name and my God stay with me always