A few weeks ago I was thinking about this new challenge of "One Word" for 2013, (See "Easing Into Christmas"), and I thought perhaps the word I should choose would be "Emmanuel", meaning "God With Us". I still love the word, or name, "Emmanuel", specifically because of its meaning, and the fact that it is the name for Jesus. However, I don't think I am supposed to select a "name" for my "one word". So, as I am sitting here contemplating this weighty subject, I believe the word has just been given to me...and it is...(oh, wait! Am I supposed to wait and tell you this on January 1st?....perhaps I should stop now and finish this later...)
Ok, maybe I'd better tell you now before I forget it myself! The word that the Lord has just this minute impressed upon my heart for 2013 is ....
Why this word? Well, perhaps it started with the chorus of the song we sang in our Christmas cantata:Presence
I want Your presence for Christmas,
I long to feel Your Spirit speaking peace to my heart.
Of all the gifts I may receive,
there's only one I really need,
and it's Your presence,
Your presence for Christmas."
So, in 2013 I am going to explore God's presence in every aspect of my life. I will be watching for Him in places that I might ordinarily overlook. Perhaps you will want to do this as well...in your life. Watch for God to appear...wait for Him to "show up" before you act...Let Him be in control...let Him be your guiding Light..."When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;..."Isaiah 43:2-3