Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Immanuel {Ten Months Home}

"O come, O come, Immanuel..."

I am a few days late in posting our ten months home update, but not without good reason.  We have been busy.  Busy experiencing the wonder and excitement that can only be found in a child's first Christmas.  We are busy teaching her traditions, family, and above all else, the miraculous arrival of our Savior in a child.

Last year, our hearts were heavy and filled with tremendous expectation.  We knew she was coming...soon.  The anticipation and yearning mounted weekly, daily, hourly.  This year, we know our lives with her and we rejoice that she celebrates this Christmas in our arms.

I'm struck by our anticipation this time last year for her arrival.  May my anticipation be yet even greater as I reflect this Christmas season on His birth and eagerly await His promised return.  May your season of Advent be filled with resting in Him, reflecting on His character and promises, and allowing the anticipation to percolate and bubble up outward to all those you see of His long awaited return.

These past ten months have not been easy, but the growth, in all of us, has been a joy to see.  This year we know so much more about what Immanuel means.  We have felt God with us.  We have known God with us.  We have conquered each day because of God with us.

Our prayer is that you might know Immanuel as well.  May your Christmas be filled with Christ.

"Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall
call his name Immanuel" (which means, God with us)."
~Matthew 1:23~

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