Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

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

The timing may be just right.

It’s hard to believe the year is nearing the end.

It’s been a tough year for some of us. A year filled with a few more bumps and bruises than we expected.

A few more disappointments, downturns, difficult decisions, and despair-filled revelations.

It’s been a tough year.

So the timing seems just right as the year nears its end.

We need a little Christmas.

As the classical song by that name says—

“We need a little Christmas, right this very minute…”

It couldn’t come at a better time.

A time to haul out the holly and evergreen, hang Christmas stockings and put lights on the trees, sing carols and light candles with family gathered at the dinner table, and get excited with our little ones as they await the arrival of Santa.

We need a little Christmas.

And maybe along with all the decorations, plans and gatherings of family and friends, we will see, embrace and remember the capstone of Christmas.

The crowing point. The most important element.

Christ. God’s Son.

Christmas. The celebration, once again, of the birth of God’s Son.

Reminding us in the midst of the bumps and bruises of the year, and those which may be yet to come—that God is here, with us and for us.

Immanuel. God with us.

We need a little Christmas. But even more, we need Christ.

There is absolutely nothing more important in our lives right now that we can do than making sure that we know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

And also helping others to do the same.

Do you know Him?

Do you know someone whom you can share Him with?

The Baby born in a stable, lying in the manger. For all the world.

God’s Son.

The Savior of the world, and the Savior for you and for me. The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

In the midst of all we’ve been through and all we will go through, Christmas reminds us that God is with us.

Immanuel. Christ.

God with and for you and me.

In His Name–Scott