“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
This is a verse that is very common to see or hear during the Holidays, but this year it has touched me in a very special way.
On December 19th, we welcomed Gary Charles and Kennedy Maelynn into the world under very stressful circumstances. Both babies and my mom were not doing well physically and delivering the babies at 27 weeks was the best option to keep everyone safe. During this time we were supported through prayer. I know that the prayers we received were powerful and full of God’s grace because less than a week later both babies and my mom are doing very well.
As I was driving back to their house on the 19th, I was overwhelmed with true thanksgiving , Eucharisteo in Greek. I knew without a doubt that we had experienced true “Immanuel”, God was with us during that day and the days leading up to the delivery. His presence was there with each nurse and doctor and in the delivery room, and in the NICU with the nurses who are still taking care of these precious babies. We are so blessed that once we believe in Jesus as our Savior and accept him into our lives that the Holy Spirit indwells us and is WITH US!
I hope that as you are celebrating this wonderful Christmas day, that you do not forget the true reason of the Season. That our God took on an earthly body, lived a sinless life, died the death of a criminal and then rose again and now lives in Heaven and is with us whenever we need him. We are so fortunate to have a God who cares so much about us. I pray that you will feel His presence today and every day.
Now to show off my littlest brother and sister. 🙂