As the Christmas season and New Years has been in full steam this year there has been one word that has just been stuck in my head, Emmanuel – God with us.
As I think back over the year, I think of so many things that happened. It was a year filled with unspeakable joy and pain.
God was with me when I was sitting in the ditch beside my totaled car.
God was with me when joy filled by heart so full it felt it could burst.
God was with me in that hospital room when I said hello and goodbye to my tiny nephew.
God was with me in my victories.
God was with me in my sleepless nights.
God was with me in my hours of driving back and forth to work every week
God was with me when I felt all alone.
Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest. ~ Joshua 1:9
This year made me more aware then ever before that God was with me in everything. There were days when He felt far away, but He wasn’t. He was right beside me even though I didn’t feel Him. He was there for me when I cried out to Him. He was with me! The Creator of the universe never left my side… not even for a moment.
I’ve have been so blessed beyond words the last month just meditating on the fact that HE, Emmanuel is with us!!! No matter how great your joy this next year, or how deep your pain, never ever forget that He is Emmanuel – God with us!