Home for the Holidays

A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Start up a conversation with someone this time of year and inevitably the question turns to the subject, “What are you doing for Christmas?” But a more revealing question might be, “Who are you spending Christmas with?” As the traditional Christmas carol reminds us it is the latter question that is most important as everyone wants to be “Home for the Holidays”, spending time with those who know us and love us.

The prophet Isaiah, writing over six centuries before the birth of the Messiah, prophesied that a virgin will give birth to a son and he shall be called Immanuel. The gospel of Matthew indicates that this promise was fulfilled when the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, took on flesh and was declared to be Immanuel – God with us. The celebration of Christ’s first advent is all about who is with us and how we have been made right before God through the righteousness of Christ.

It is great to be with friends and family over Christmas, but even better to know that Immanuel is always with us!