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Advent Reflection 5: God With Us

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Matthew 1: 18-24
18 - This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.  His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.  19 - Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.  20 - But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  21 - She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”  22 - All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: 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.”  24 – When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

Christmas Day is upon us. I hope you managed the food shop, wrapping Christmas presents, and getting bedrooms ready for visiting family.  

As I look over the 4 weeks’ reflections, I hope that they have been a helpful tool to help you reflect on what Advent means to you.  That through this process you have been able to draw nearer to Father God and that you felt enabled to ask Him to speak to your heart and that you have felt encouraged.  

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus on the 25th December, I would encourage you to think about one of the names of Jesus, ’Immanuel’, which means God with us and what that means for you.  Do you know that God is with you or would you like to ask God to be with you?  

Saying this prayer might be helpful:  Heavenly Father, at this busy time of Christmas, I would ask that you would come and be with me and that I would experience the meaning of ‘Immanuel’, ‘God with us’.  I ask Father that you would come and live in my heart and over the coming weeks and months, that you would reveal yourself in a deeper way.  Amen
I wish you all a very happy Christmas. x

Virginia Grant, 25/12/2016