Emmanuel.

We like to use that particular name of God this time of year.  We sing songs and write Isaiah 7:14 on our Christmas cards.

With us.

I know it in my head, but does my heart really grasp it?

We worship a God who wanted to be with us.

The chasm between us — the one that was our fault, not His — was not acceptable to Him.  He wanted to be with us.  He wanted to be near us.

Christmas.  When God came and dwelt among us.  When God came near.

We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your Name is near… (Psalm 75:1)

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