One of the primary messages of Christmas is that God came to Earth and dwelt among humans. Scripture says that he was even called Emmanuel: God with us. The creator of the universe, it seems, places importance on being with his people. Jesus underscored this when he said that any time two or three people get together in his name, he’s there.
Many times in life, just having someone beside me is all I need. Excitement, activities, events, and even words are unnecessary. All I want is to know I’m not alone in whatever I’m experiencing. Often, the void is filled by wonderful friends. Occasionally, I sense God Himself in my midst.
These feelings are part of the human experience, and not unique to me. So at Christmas, or any time, people everywhere know that presence is a great gift.
(Thanks to Robin M, whose brief message last Sunday night prompted these thoughts.)