“All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: The virgin will be child and will give birth to a son and they will call Him Immanuel – which means “God with us.” Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:22 & 23
God with us – God with me
Since I started blogging in 2007, I have taken time to record the recognizable moments of how I experienced God with me on Christmas Day. This is the 5th in a series titled Ways Immanuel,God was with me, on Christmas Day.
I was once again aware of how God was with me on Christmas Day as I awoke on Christmas morning. There is still something magical about Christmas morning, even at my age there is anticipation. Now instead of looking forward to the excitement of Santa gifts for myself, it is the anticipation of being with my family and sharing the day with them. God was present with me as I awoke my husband and we talked about getting the turkey ready (my husband does the best turkey). I am thankful for my husband and our marriage of 30 years – thankful that God has given us another Christmas together.
God was with me as our family gathered together. Two of our daughters awoke in our home along with our grandson and a fiance. It brings this mamma’s heart joy to have our daughters in our home early in the morning. Pajamas, coffee, talking and laughter filled our kitchen as we gathered together. A little blond hair boy toddled around in his new red feetie pajama – he is a constant reminder of God goodness to us, how we love this little guy. Later this in the morning, our third daughter and her husband arrived with Merry Christmas greetings. We were all together and God was with us.
God was with me as I talked with our son-in-law by phone from another country – how thankful I am for his service to our country and how I pray that he will continue to know and feel that God is with him. God was with my daughter as she braved the day without her husband. God’s presence has never left them throughout this deployment.
God was with me as I watched each one of my family settle in to their spot to open their gifts. Gifts that had been selected and wrapped just for them with the hope that they would know how much they are loved. Yet, even with the loving thought and care put into each gift, there were gifts that not right, that need to be returned. God reminded me this year, that only His gift can truly fulfill. He knows what will truly meet the need each of us need to feel known, valued and loved. His gift never needs to be returned and always meets our deepest desire to be known and loved.
God was with me as it seemed that the kitchen needed cleaned over and over again. Washing the many dishes used meant that we had an abundance of food to eat – more than we needed. I am thankful for my daughters who prepared food, they are all good cooks!
The day ended with games being played and God was with me even though I am not a game person. I enjoyed watching everyone play games and even participate in one (and did not make too big of a fool of myself).
God was with me as the day came to an end and all the rooms in our home were filled with those I love so much. I am a blessed woman.
God was with me – on Christmas Day as He always is. When Jesus came as a baby – He came as Immanuel, God with us. And ever since, He hasn’t left…
He is with us – He is with me.
2010 post can be read here http://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/ways-immanuel-god-was-with-me-on-christmas-day-2/
2009 post can be read here http://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2009/12/27/ways-immanuel-god-was-with-me-on-christmas-day/
2008 post can be read here http://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2008/12/26/ways-immanuel-god-was-with-me-on-christmas-2/
2007 post can be read here http://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2007/12/26/ways-immanuel-god-was-with-me-on-christmas/