My pastor, Rev. Larry Campbell of St. Paul AME Church sends these daily “Moments in the Word” by email to people who need a spiritual devotion to start their day. This past week, his scriptures have centered on Christmas and this is one I would like to share with you.
"Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
Matthew 1:23 (KJV)
Have you ever had anyone tell you "I'm with you" only to discover that you were all by yourself?
There are many people who begin projects thinking that they have the support of friends and family only to learn that once difficulties arise that they are often standing alone.
. It happens on the job, when co-workers put you up to speak to the boss about a problem, then you learn that you are all alone.
. It happens in the community when you are selected to lead a time consuming and expensive project only to hear those who pushed you up front give excuses for not giving you help.
. It most definitely happens in the political world. It even happens in the family. Just about everyone has experienced what it means to be alone when you thought you had a crowd with you.
Wouldn't it be nice if each of us were like the people in the Verizon cell phone commercial? In that commercial each time a subscriber picks up the phone there is a whole network of people standing behind him. The idea is that there is a small army of supporters backing up every call. It would be great if we had our own network of support, "with us" everywhere we went.
Sometimes we can have people with us, but their presence means nothing. A man complained to his wife that he wasn't going to play golf anymore because he couldn't see where the ball fell after long drives. His wife reminded him that he was 70 and his eyesight was not what it once was. She suggested that take her brother along with him. The husband laughed as questioned what good that would do since her brother was 85 years old. "Don't let his age fool you," said the wife. "He's 85 but he can see a fly blink his eyes at 100 yards. His eye sight is so good that he can read the license plate on a car four blocks away." Convinced, the husband took his brother in law, Jack, with him on his next golf game. When he teed off the ball soared into the air. "Can you see it, Jack?" asked the husband. "Sure can!" The husband felt good, but as they started to walk he asked Jack, "Where did the ball land?"
Jack gave a blank stare and said, 'I can't remember." Then the wife blurted out, "oh I forgot to tell Jack's got perfect eyesight, but he can't remember a thing." Jack was with them that day, but his presence meant absolutely nothing.
One of the joys of the Christmas season is that it reminds us that we are not alone. The arrival of the Christ child jogs the memory of the whole world and gently reminds them that "God is with us." As Christians we are happy to know that we are not alone. We are happy to know that despite the difficulties of the times that the God we serve empathizes with us every day of our lives. Even before we pray to him he knows our needs, because he is with us.
Have a Blessed weekend and don't forget to attend a Bible believing and teaching church of your choice.
Merry Christmas from The Black Voice News Family and Staff
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