It's not what someone does for us that matters most; it's the very fact that they are with us when we need them that's important.
In moments of struggle and suffering - and in times of celebration and joy - we want another alongside us to share our experience.
The overriding message of Christmas is that God has come to be with us. And God is with you now.next >
O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.
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Some days you're a courageous warrior, fighting for justice and taking evil down. On those days, fight on! God is with you! Other days you're a wise comforter, spreading healing and hugs to people God loves. On those days, love on! God is with you!
Then there are days when you don't feel courageous or wise. You feel worn out. Or scared. Or embarrassed. Or weak as a baby. On those days, remember, God is with you. God has not stopped blessing the world through your life. You are a blessing just by being yourself.
You don't have to be a warrior or a comforter every day. God's power and majesty are above the heavens, throughout the earth, and present in the smallest and weakest of us. All the time.
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Holy God, you are God. Thank you for blessing me with creative energy to do your work in the world. On days when my strength is low, help me to lean on you, trusting that you are blessing the world through my life. Amen.next >
Now go with the assurance that
God is present in you at your strongest and weakest.
God is present in all creation, including you.
God is present in every moment and in a single word.
God is present, recognized or not.
And God is present in the flesh – like our flesh – to bring us home.
Sarah Councell Turner
Sarah Councell Turner is an artist who lives in New Jersey with her husband, her mom and dad, and her dog. She is also a stepmother, but not a very wicked one.