God is with us

All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: "Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means, "God is with us." (Matthew 1:22-23)

When Matthew tells the story of Jesus's birth, he quotes the prophet Isaiah. Today we continue to celebrate the prophet's declaration that God is with us.

In our celebrations and in our struggles, God is with us. In our victories and in our defeats, God is with us. In the Christmas season and all throughout the year. God is with us. 

O come, O come Emmanuel.

A wreath with three lit candles marks the third week of Advent. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

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