Wednesday, November 29, 2006

God With Us

This last year has been, well, just one of those years for me. I guess it was just my turn. Needless to say, I haven't exactly been looking forward to Christmas. I'm the kind of person who can just go through the motions, and have been bracing myself to do just that to "get through" this season.

I guess God wants me to do more than just "get through it." It seems like he's trying to "get through" to me. Practically every book I've been reading lately has touched on the subject of the presence of God. During my quiet time, I've been meditating on Psalm 139, where the psalmist reflects on the fact that, no matter where he goes, he can't escape God's presence.

Then tonight, I went to a Point of Grace concert hosted by my church. I'll admit I'm not very familiar with most of their music. But tonight the message in the music was ever so clear: Emmanuel, God With Us. As I sat there listening, I realized that God wants me to celebrate more than just his birth. He wants me to celebrate his presence with me day in, day out.

So as I enter into this season, that is my prayer - to be conscious of God's presence throughout, and to share that presence with those around me.

Matthew 1:23 The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel"--which means, "God with us.

12 comments:

gail said...

Ooh, that's good Diane....great reminder for me for the season but really for the whole year. How much different I might act sometimes if I was really conscious of His presence all the time; I get too caught up in day to day things sometimes.

Katrina said...

Great post, Dianne. I love the reminder of Emmanuel... And I'm so glad you enjoyed the concert. We only ended up staying for about 30 minutes, but I really liked the part we were able to see.

Kelly said...

What a beautiful reminder of His presence and how we should focus on that.

Susanne said...

Oh, Dianne I pray that for me too. It's so easy to get caught up in the busyness of this month that a person totally loses focus on God with us. Thanks for the reminder!

Jennifer said...

Yes, you're right. It shouldn't just be a once a year thing, but at all times. That is going to resonate with me all month.

Barb said...

It's writing like this that is exactly why your nomination for CWO's most favored award, the Unified Heart Award, is so well deserved Dianne. Congratulations to you for being one of the three finalists in that category.

Heather said...

You know. I have been going through the motions for several years (since my parents divorce) and know exacty what you mean. Praying that God continues to help you with this (and maybe works on my heart aout it as well.)

Islandsparrow said...

My prayer too Diane.

Wendy said...

Great thoughts! I love Psalm 139.

Lama Moochie said...

Just a note: 1-4-3
Praying a road!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Wonderful post Dianne! Thanks so much for sharing that with me and for reminding me of that :)

Laura said...

Wonderful!!