Christmas Hope… Immanuel

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As we’ve journeyed through the Christmas Story, we’ve seen God use unlikely people and hope spring up in unexpected places and as I come to the end of this series, I’m reminded that he is still the same today!

Just this morning, I was playing Christmas carols in a shopping centre with a group of other musicians.  We had been going for a couple of hours, we were cold and getting tired, and we’d played all of our music at least twice through – the main thing on my mind was hoping that we were soon going to stop for a break!

Then, as we began to play one of the carols, some of the lyrics just popped into my head and, right there in the shopping centre, I was struck again by how amazing the message of Christmas is!

“Sacred infant, all divine,
What a tender love was thine,
Thus to come from highest bliss,
Down to such a world as this.”

Whatever we might be facing this Christmas, surely that shows something of the depth of God’s love: that Jesus would leave the “highest bliss” of heaven, and be born into this broken, messy world to make a way for us to know him.

It reminded me of the truth of Immanuel: God with us – a God who is not distant and removed, but who drew near to us in love.  A God who is with us and gives us hope, whatever our situation.

May you find hope and peace in him this Christmas!  Thank you so much for journeying with me here.  I appreciate each one of you who takes the time to read.

Merry Christmas to you all!

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.  Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” 
(Isaiah 41:10 NLT)

“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior.  He will take delight in you with gladness.  With his love, he will calm all your fears.  He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”  (Zephaniah 3:17 NLT)

This is the final post in the Christmas Hope series.  If you’d like to catch up with the other posts in the series, please click here.

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8 thoughts on “Christmas Hope… Immanuel

  1. So grateful for the hope that comes with knowing God is with us, Immanuel, and because of that we are never alone. After so many years as a Christian, the message is still new in my heart. Thanks, Leslie, for another encouraging post. Merry Christmas!

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  2. I love when God gives us these moments of awakenings: “Then, as we began to play one of the carols, some of the lyrics just popped into my head and, right there in the shopping centre, I was struck again by how amazing the message of Christmas is!” Hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas week, Lesley!

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