We Are Not Alone

I ran across this the other day while getting things together for this year’s Christmas Eve service. We used it two years ago on Christmas Eve, and I thought it was still a good reminder.

Christmas Eve 2007

We are not alone.

The shepherds were alone; together in one place but isolated from normal, respectable society. Huddled together for warmth but alone watching their sheep.

Mary and Joseph were alone; passing the night of their child’s birth in a barn behind an inn filled beyond capacity. On the greatest night of their lives they were alone in an unfamiliar little village far from their own home and families.

Herod was alone and plotting to stay that way by whatever means circumstances required. Schmoozing, scheming, murdering to retain the title “king of the Jews,” a title that could never really be his.

We are not alone.

God did the unthinkable, the unbelievable, the unimaginable. God did the very un-godlike thing and became like us. He put on flesh and lived and worked and scraped his knees as one of us.

And we are not alone.

Immanuel, God with us.

God is with us.

God is with us.

Us.

You. Me. Them. We.

Immanuel, God with us.

We are no longer alone.

Merry Christmas. Glory to God in the highest and on earth, and peace to all on whom his favor rests.

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