Advent - December 2nd

By Rev. Sarah West - Thursday December 2, 2021

Thursday, December 2nd

The Gift of Presence

“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” - Matthew 1:23

This year our family is going to travel to Indiana/Illinois the day after Christmas to spend a week with my parents and my sister’s family.  It will be the first time since before the pandemic that we will all be together and the first time the cousins have been together in over 2 years.  Hands down it is the Christmas present we are looking forward to more than any other! All of us, parents and children. Perhaps it is because our children are getting older, or perhaps it is because after two years of separation and hardship we have a deeper appreciation for the importance of simply being together. The texts and phone calls and video chats have been a lifeline to be sure; but nothing can replace the comfort of a hug, the joy of sharing a meal around the same table, and talks and laughs late into the night.

God knows well our deep longing for connection and togetherness.  So much so that God chose to leave heaven and to take on human flesh.  In Jesus Christ God entered into our existence so that we might come to understand the extent of God’s love for us. A love not only willing to die for us, but a love eager to live with us.  To walk beside us along dusty roads, to sit in the boat with us when the waves crash around us, to touch our wounds, to look in our eyes, to speak our name. Jesus is fully present with us as we drive to work, change diapers, lay awake worrying at night, work on the car, sit in the hospital, kiss our spouse or prepare our morning coffee. There is no part of life too mundane or too messy for Jesus. After all, you can’t get much messier or more mundane than a cattle stall and a manger.


This Advent and Christmas let us marvel at the gift of Jesus Christ.

The gift of God’s presence.


“God is with us


Rev. Sarah West, Sr. Pastor
First Christian Church Wadsworth


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