God with UsNew Every Morning | December 10, 2022
God’s promise—“I am with you”—comes with an invitation—“Will you be with me?” With is a powerful word that evokes a sense of connection and partnership. God does not bulldoze over us, forcing God’s self into our lives. We can choose to live without God. … Wonderfully, even though we repeatedly turn our backs on God, Advent reminds us that God never gives up on us and continues to live within us, offering a steadfast love that will not let us go.
—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Advent: Words of Wonder (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,”
which means, “God is with us.”
—Matthew 1:23 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Holy One, guide me as I reflect on the wonder of Jesus’ birth this Advent. May Jesus be born anew in my life. Help me to show his love and grace to others. Amen.
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Looking at creation, especially sunrises and sunsets. Prayer and reading the Bible. This group of people who pray for one another.
H continues to chafe at restrictions caused by his limited cognitive and physical abilities. He constantly takes these frustrations out on me. He conttinues to believe he will “get better.”
Prayers for Ally and David, may Ally recouperate and rest while David is in rehab and may David be released prior to Christmas. Prayers for Jill as she continue with physical therapy and for Becky as she faces surgery and an extended recovery period. Prayers for Lou and her family as they unite to celebrate Christmas as well as mourn her brother. Prayers for Robert and Erich and the CCUMC, may Erich find the patience to await the move and may the CCUMC grow and thrive.
There are moments, especially during worship, when I believe I am feeling God’s presence. They sneak up on me. Some would say they are emotions, and some of that may be true, but it could just the way God makes His/Her presence known. Emotions come from the heart. For years I didn’t have these moments, but in the last 25 years they are certainly there. Thank You, Lord.
A tough situation with H , Julie, we are taught to be positive, never give up, always have hope. It’s hard to understand H’s situation, we aren’t him. Knowing that God is always there, will help him through this, is the best understanding I have. Yes, I ad my prayers for Ally’s recovery, David’s PT,
Becky’s surgery and recovery, Lou and her family, and thank you and all NEM for your prayers for Erich, CCUMC, and me. More dialog, and understanding that patience is needed, that there are actions we can are are taking to prepare for the much desired move are all helpful. From the smallest seed the mustard bush grows, hopefully that will apply to CCUMC as well. The valley needs more young people, that is a serious issue. Enrollment is dropping at schools. Climate change is affecting the winter side of tourism. and this is a very tourist focused economy. Low pay and insufficient housing don’t help. There are more “old” people than young. Keeping an eye on the market, the weather, and what we can do to improve the situation. God is always with us. Thank You, Lord.
Me being intentional about stilling my mind, then turning to the Psalms or a specific song or two – these have been crucial in the past few weeks as I have stepped into His presence. I have enjoyed extended periods of good focus and peace.
Julie – I continue to ask God to strengthen you as you are in the midst of ever-changing scenarios. May you sense His peace and guidance in the decisions and conversations you have.
Robert – your steadfastness and perseverance speaks deeply to me – your wisdom is an example.
Last evening, prior to a rivalry basketball game, a gun was found on a student inside our school. These incidents are occurring with increasing frequency – and the climate amongst the staff is harried at best. Another school in our district had police called to it yesterday, as there were 6 fights and pepper spray was used. These escalations are playing into the hands of our negotiation committee, no doubt. But the school climate is in the toilet. Gotta make it 8 more school days until break.
Heading to my dad and sisters here after lunch for an afternoon of games and dinner. Then to my god son’s basketball game. He got his first start last evening and the team won the game.