Advent 2019 – Day 5

If you are joining us for the first time today, welcome! We are in the midst of a series of Advent devotionals on the theme of Immanuel, “God With Us.” You will find earlier thoughts in the series posted at my website,

When my grandson Josiah was a toddler, one day he climbed out of the family car and shouted at the top of his voice, “Hi, God!” When asked why he was yelling, he replied that he wanted to be certain God could hear him. My daughter assured him that God was everywhere and there was no need to shout. For days after that, as Josiah walked around the house, my daughter heard him whispering softly to himself, “Hi, God!”

We can all learn from Josiah’s youthful example. In Jeremiah 1:7,8, the Lord said to the prophet, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young, for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

Young or old, we all need to be reminded that God walks near us. Take a moment today to say “Hi, God!” to the One who delights in hearing our voices.

PS: my daughter-in-law sent the following links for your enjoyment!


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