And my favorite name we hear often around Christmas is:
Meaning God is with us.
You may see it as Immanuel — when it’s translated from Hebrew (Old Testament).
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign:
The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son,
and will call him Immanuel. (NIV)
Since I’m saved by the grace provided through the events of the New Testament (one of them being the event foretold in that passage), I will use the Greek translation.
God is with us. With me. With you.
I’ve been reflecting on what this name means to me. What is says about my God. And I keep going back to something I say all. the. time.
Oh how He loves us.
So much so that He wanted to be with us.
Right there in the trenches. With me. With you.
Just as He’s always promised.
And I can’t help but wonder,
Do I live my life like He is right here with me?
Just me and my Emmanuel?
And you know what? He’s right here helping me along the way.
That’s my Emmanuel.
I pray He’s yours as well.
If you’d like to take some time to contemplate your Emmanuel, here are some songs to help you along your journey.
- I’ve already mentioned my favorite instrumental rendition of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” in THIS POST.
But here is my favorite vocal rendition.
- Chris Tomlin’s Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground). (If you’re a regular reader around here, I bet you can guess which album this is from) Love this song…
- Hillsong’s Emmanuel
- I’m going to show my age with this one, but I still love it. Emmanuel by Amy Grant (and Micheal W. Smith)
How about you? How do you live your life like He is with you? I’d love to hear.
Thanks for sharing your time with me.