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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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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