The Christmas story tells of The Ultimate Journey.
Jesus left heaven behind (along with His rights and privileges) and came to Earth. To confine Himself in the womb of a young girl and be pushed from that warmth into a cold stable. To be laid in a manger and visited by shepherds. To become one of us. To walk in our shoes. To experience friendship and joy along with rejection and pain.
To be Emmanuel. God with us.
So, as I reflect back over 2009, I am thankful for the gift of God in my life. Especially that He never left my side. That He was with me in and through every situation. Honestly, without faith, I would have lost hope many times. But, knowing that I am not alone – and that God Himself has walked this Earth and knows my pain – has turned every challenge and failure into opportunities for growth and grace.
What about you? Has God been with you this year? Has His presence made a difference?