On this fourth Sunday in Advent, we are only 2 days away from the celebration of Christ’s birth.  It is fitting that we reflect upon God’s great love for us.  Our Maker, the Creator of the heavens and earth, could have left us to our own designs and suffering, but because of His love for us, He created a way for us to be in communion with Him forever.  Rather than being separated by a chasm of sin and evil, He bridged the gap between our brokenness and His holiness with the gift of His Son.

“God showed how much he loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him” (1 John 4:9).

There has never been a greater gift!  Emmanuel – God with us.  When Jesus was born twenty centuries ago, true Lovecame down to earth in the body of an infant.    He lived, died and rose again to set us free.  Through His sacrifice on the cross, we now know the incredible love of God.  He desires that not one of us should perish, but rather that we all would find everlasting life through Him.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, 
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Now is the time to end our exile and welcome Him into our hearts!  Let us rejoice in the gift of God’s true Love – Emmanuel, our God who came near!

Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!
-John Neal (1818 – 1866)

Rejoicing in His Gift,

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  1. Love the reality that God is with us! God with me! Not alone. Immanuel...
    Thank you for this beautiful reminder, Joan!

  2. I am so thankful for God's unfailing love, and that He is always with us.
    Thank you Joan, Happy Christmas.

  3. It is an incredible gift of love from and incredible God! Merry Christmas, Valerie!

  4. You are so right...His love never fails, no matter what! He is always with us! Merry Christmas, Anita!

  5. So thankful that He came. So thankful that He loves us so. Merry Christmas!

  6. He is the gift above all other gifts!! Merry Christmas, Barbie!

  7. I'm so glad he came and is ever our present God! What a gift of life, what a story of love!
    Merry Christmas!

  8. Yes...what a beautiful story of love! Merry Christmas, Ruth!

  9. Praise God for His infinite, self-sacrificing love! Thanks for the beautiful post & for hosting, & God bless!


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