Tuesday, December 27, 2016

More Than A Slogan

Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith.  Ephesians 3:17Christmas is now past, it's over. Except for putting away the holiday stuff, returning the unwanted stuff, and trying to figure where to put or what to do with all the new stuff. Christmas is past, it's over. But the story of Christ is not. The fact remains, He came -- and He is still here. That's the take-away of Christmas. Because long after the colored lights are off and the gift wrapping is put in the trash we are still in need of Christ. And the story of His coming to Bethlehem, to Nazareth, to Jerusalem, to Calvary is more than a story. He came and He stayed -- one of us, one with us, The One who lives in us.The days are coming, maybe have already begun for you when you wonder where God is, why He is quiet, why He is not speaking. And in those days remember the Story -- how He came, how He lived, how He suffered and died, how He came back to life, how He offers you His life -- His presence, His reality.  "God with us" is not just a slogan for a Christmas banner, it's the truth that will carry us through the post-holiday troubles and challenges. He is here and He is speaking. Every day in a thousand ways He speaks to you and me through His Word, through circumstances and even conflict. God is with us through human as well as divine angels who He uses to help and guide and remind you of His grace and goodness. The story is more than a story.  God is near and God is here. He is with you and will live in you, filling you to overflowing so that you may know His grace, His power to forgive and transform, His Life.God is with us!

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