Words from the Heart for Tuesday December 18th, 2018
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)
The angel’s word given in a dream to Joseph was about to change everything in his life. Mary was his promised wife and yet was now pregnant. The angel was informing Joseph that the Lord’s plan promised long ago was now being fulfilled. The name of the child to be born would be “Emmanuel.” Without a miracle, how could God come and dwell with them? Joseph would soon realize he was right in the middle of a miracle!
As the likelihood of war increased in the late 1930s, the Canadian government realized that the defence of its own country hinged on the protection of Newfoundland and Labrador, which was not yet a province of Canada. An enemy invasion there would leave Canada’s east coast vulnerable to attack and threaten convoy routes. Aware that Newfoundland did not possess the resources to properly maintain defences, the British and Canadian governments agreed that Canada would assume responsibility.
Some parents think that what their children desire more than anything else at Christmas is presents. While every child I know loves to receive gifts, and its fun to watch them open their presents, what the child remembers more than anything else is the presence – of their parents. That’s P-R-E-S-E-N-C-E. Children love when they are with their mom and dad. If this is the case with human parents, it is even more so the case with our Heavenly Father. And this is the heart of the Christmas story. Matthew 1:23 records this: ““Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” These are the words of the angel to Joseph, the man who would soon be wed to Mary, the mother of Jesus. This must have been overwhelming information – I’m sure Joseph took time to process all that this meant. God was going to step into this world through the child that Mary was bearing. God would be with them. What a wonderful promise, and a wonderful experience. The greatest longing of the human heart was going to be met in this little baby.
These have been words from the heart.