December 24, 2013 by Beth Hess
“She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.'” (Matthew 1:23)
God is WITH us.
And “with” is such a powerful, beautiful word.
Not God over us. Not God under us. Not God ahead. Nor behind. Not sleeping. Not tiring. WITH.
With means beside. In communion. Doing life together.
God could have come to Earth in any number of ways. Demanding His rightful place. Making sure He could not be ignored.
But he chose a baby named WITH.
Because in spite of us being a rag-tag group of messy misfits, He just simply could not imagine NOT being with us.
So whether or not you are with the ones you love this Christmas. Whether or not the gifts fit or the tree gets lit. Even if the Bumpus’s dogs eat your turkey.
My fervent wish — my prayer — for you all this Christmas is that the WITH-NESS of God will overwhelm you. And His WITH-NESS will stay with you all through the year.