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“THE virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means “God with us”.

“THE virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means “God with us”. Matthew 1:23

One never grows weary of the wonder of God’s grace. God, it would seem, has been in every part of our lives from our very beginning.

Not a God ‘up there’ but a God inside here, not because we were good enough but because we are human.

Here is a God who from the very beginning was part of what makes us to be who we are.

Christmas tells me of a God not put off by our baggage, but rather a God in our baggage, lovingly and caringly helping us to carry what we carry to that point where we can trust enough to let him carry the whole load.

This is not a God who from outside somewhere notices us and comes across to take a look, but rather a God who knows us because as we were being formed he was being formed from within us.

Here is a God who clings to us while we are in rebellion, a God who holds us in our sinfulness and takes shelter within the hardness of our own hearts.

Here a God who so identifies with our sin that he takes upon himself our consequences and comes preaching peace to our souls.

Here is a God who sees through us the things that we see, who invades our thoughts with his own thoughts, who sits alongside us when we are down, cheers us with visions of another future, empathises with us and loves the world through us.

Here is a God in whom we live and move and have our being. Here is the God we worship and serve.

Mike Crockett

Solihull Methodist Church

 

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