Christmas – it’s here again!
How did it happen that 12 months flew past like it was barely a week? I’m not sure about you, but at the College, we have had an extremely busy, yet productive year. There were camps and conferences, new faces, returning students and graduating students starting out on new adventures. We took students to serve in the Philippines and others to learn in California at Bethel Music Worship School. But even as we look back at all we’ve done, we need to remember that God wants us to come aside and “be” with Him. In the everyday moments of life, and the exciting, frantic, difficult and confusing.
As we move into Christmas and the start of another new year, I’d like to encourage you to steal some time away to just “be” with God. This time of the year can easily be swallowed up with distractions as we run from this event, to that shopping centre, attending work dinners, school concerts, community carols and family get-togethers. And while these things are not bad in themselves, they can easily steer us away from remembering and drawing close to God, as life speeds on by.
According to Brown, Driver and Briggs (https://biblehub.com/hebrew/6005.htm) , Immanuel signifies the presence of God and the trust and confidence that God is with us. While I have no doubt, He is with us always, I do wonder if He ever feels like the third wheel. Someone along for the ride, but not included in all that is going on. I know that it can be easy to fall into a place where we approach God with a to-do list, a grown-up Christmas list of sorts. But my heart yearns today, to instead express to you that the greatest fulfilment in life will not come from the ‘’doings” of God, but in the being in His presence. Without distraction. Without agenda. And without fear.
He so loves you. And as we approach a time of the year where the world stops to wonder if Jesus really came to earth to become our Saviour, I want to encourage you that not only was Jesus born of the virgin Mary, but He willingly died on the cross for the redemption of all who have fallen short of God’s glory. Which is all of us.
May your grown-up Christmas list this year be:
1. To simply be in the presence of the Lord more
2. To express gratitude that He is Immanuel – God with us- always!