Archive for December 24th, 2022

Advent … Day 28 of 29

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son,
and they will call him
Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
Matthew 1:23

Those three words …

God with us

Those words beat any other trio. They speak the meaning of three other words … I love you, but are infused with love beyond our human comprehension.

It is with those three words that hope entered the world as Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb. For he was the hope of the world, the hope that we would never be alone in this world, or the next.

Emmanuel means “God with us”

In the ER
In the divorce lawyer’s office
During finals
Changing diapers
In prison
On the first date
During the ugly cry
In the drop-off line
In therapy
At the check out
In the delivery room
Doing dishes
On the bus
At the custody hearing
At the table
In the waiting room
During chemo
In recovery
At the funeral


On December 25th
And every day after

And God not only wants to bring peace to you
He wants to bring peace through you

There are people your life and work with who’s lives are broken. You have loved one’s who’s dreams have been shattered.

You have neighbors who have gone through tragedy and are trying to pick up the broken pieces.

You likely live in a country that’s fractured by division caused by fear and hatred.

The peace that God has for you
is also a peace he wants to shine through you.

Jesus said to his followers,
“You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14).

Let’s push back some darkness.
-Ian Simkins

“Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent”
Luke 24:29


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