Moses said to God once, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.  How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us?  What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”  (Exodus 33:15-16)

What else will distinguish us from all the other people on the face of the earth?

His Presence.

It is the promise of Christmas.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.  (Isaiah 7:14)

It is the miracle of Christmas. 

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  (John 1:14)

It is the hope of our lives.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them.  They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.”  (Revelation 21:3)

We bless Your holy name, Lord, for You are With Us.