Read:

"Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel”, which translated means “God is with us”. Matthew 1:23
 
Reflect:

I know the Christmas Season can be stressful. There are parties, gift-shopping, baking, and preparing the house for family and visitors. For some, having lost loved ones brings a sadness or emptiness. Though Christians know December 25th was not the exact day our Lord and Savior was born, it’s the day that has been etched into calendars and in our hearts to celebrate such an occasion. And what an occasion that day was, sisters. Jesus’ birth was the fulfilled prophecy of the Old Testament. Instead of Christ coming like a King on His throne, parading down the streets, God chose the most humbling circumstances for the appearance of His Son. A baby, born of virgin, birthed in a nasty, stinky stable. I can’t imagine living this life without Christ. His presence in my life year around and especially at Christmas time brings me peace and joy. When many run crazy during this season, I have chosen to slow down. I don’t stress about cooking, I don’t run around making sure I have a whole list of gifts bought. Every day I try to mediate on Immanuel, God being with us.  
 
Though Christ appeared in the lowliest of places, Isaiah said the government will rest on His shoulders; His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Might God, Eternal Father, and Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6.  What a mighty Savior we serve! Let’s not let the busyness of this season disrupt the peace, joy, and thankfulness we should have during this time. If Christmas is a painful or lonely season for you, meditate on this key verse. We have God with us, and His name is Immanuel.

Pray:

Lord, You are the reason for this season; I thank you for the gift of Yourself. Merry Christmas, Jesus!

Your Turn:

Slow down, sisters. Meditate on this wonderful Christmas story, and worship our Savior!