Never Feel Alone
The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel-which means God with us. Matthew 1:23
Reflections: Never Feel Alone
Christmas is the season when our hearts feel for friends who have lost a loved one during the past year or who are separated or estranged from family. Loneliness can creep in making us turn inward missing the joy of these special days. No matter what our loss or situation, we must remember that even though we may feel lonely we are never alone.
The angel of the Lord informed Joseph that this baby was really God in the flesh. The name, Immanuel, is composed of three Greek words, God with us. Throughout Scripture the Lord has promised his constant presence with his people.
The familiar phrase in Psalm 23 reminds us that God will be with us when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Jesus comforted his disciples the evening before he died that he would not leave them as orphans but send the Holy Spirit to indwell and empower them. Even his last words on earth echoed his personal commitment, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” The Triune God promises and desires to be a part of our lives every moment of every day in every situation. No matter how we feel, he is always God with us.
If loneliness or rejection try to flood your soul this Christmas, I have a simple suggestion. Grab your Bible and a warm drink and snuggle into your comfortable chair to spend private time with the Lord. As you read the Christmas story, enumerate the various ways God has blessed you this past year and share the longings of your soul with him. After all, he is there and wants to spend time with you as well. As you do, acknowledge, sense and feel his wonderful presence with you.
Then, get up and call a dear friend to let them know what they mean to you. While you are talking, take a quick glance in the mirror. You just might see a smile on your face.