Day 2: Home With Us

by Dec 8, 2023Christmas, Devotional, God With Us

Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’

Matthew 2:23 (NLT)

When I think of Christmas, I think of home. Home is a place we all long for and sometimes cannot find. Home is elusive. Everyone knows where home is, but home is different for everyone; in fact, it changes depending on our life stage. 

Throughout my life, home has been many places. It has been houses, townhomes, and apartments. I have been home in various towns, counties, and states. As I reflect on where I find Christmas, I find that the answer to “where” is found in “who.”

The reality is that I don’t connect much to places. For me, places are connected to people. The place that is home may change, but what makes those places home does not. The thread that unites all the places for me is the people who inhabit those spaces. Christmas for me is not where I am but who I am with – family, friends, those I love and who I know love me. Wherever they are is “home,” and that is the place I most want to be for Christmas.

I see this reality in the center of the Christmas story, in the miracle of Immanuel, God with us. Our longing for home is rooted in a much deeper longing for God, our true home. We are created to be with the Father. Yet try as we may, we cannot find our way home to the Father on our own. Sin and darkness block the way. And so, the God of the universe put on flesh and dwelt among us. In Jesus, God was and is with us. When we could not find our way home to him, Jesus came and made his home with us. 


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