Most of us, in one way or another, fight with the holidays. We get stressed, we get cranky, we get lonely, we get sad, we get too busy, we get too tired. I’m no exception.
Except that this year, He is putting a new song in my heart. And I am listening hard for all of its refrain.
Tonight, I played the piano while Mom and Charlie sat in the living room, all the lights off except for the Christmas tree. Livi danced around the room to Away in a Manger and Silent Night and O Come, O Come Immanuel. That last one’s my favorite. His name: Immanuel, and its meaning: God with us…they speak such comfort, such hope.
In the middle of Silent Night, just as I was thinking that this was one of life’s perfect moments, it began to rain. Perhaps not significant to some. To me, though, it is incredibly meaningful. Rain always reminds me of God’s nearness and protection. Some think of rain as cleansing and healing. And those are both wonderful. But for me it carries a singular message: I am near to you.
Immanuel. God with us.
And so there we were. In the glow of the Christmas lights. Livi dancing, Mom and Charlie resting, music playing and my God being near.
Heaven’s love reaching down, to save the world
Son of God, Servant King,
Here with us.
You’re here with us…
-Here With Us, Joy Williams