Advent 2019 – Day 21

For many people, December is a time of anticipation of seeing and being near those we love. Today, the Saturday before Christmas, is a major day for holiday travel as families board airplanes and climb in cars to visit grandparents or grandchildren over the next few days.

 Holidays offer opportunities for families to gather, but reunions are not always possible. At Thanksgiving, my husband and I hoped to visit my mother in Massachusetts but a herniated disk in my back forced us to stay at home. One of my brothers lives on Cape Cod; he and his wife stopped by to see us on a recent trip to see one of their children. And another brother visited recently while he was in town seeing his daughter. But distance, health, and family responsibilities too often keep us from all getting together at the same time and place.

 We are also part of God’s family, but in Rom. 8:38,39 , the apostle Paul wrote, “I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 Neither distance, health concerns, nor family obligations ever separate us from Immanuel, God With Us. Will you join Him at His family reunion today?

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