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Emmanuel- God with us! This promise of a child who will save the universe rings out to our spirits today with great comfort and assurance that we are not alone even in every difficulty we face. Our heavenly Father is with us! If you are dealing with depression or feeling lonely, remember the strong word ” Emmanuel.”
Isaiah 9:6, “For to us a child is born, to us, a son is given… and his name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” These words are spoken by Isaiah, the prophet, to people in their darkest moments. They are in bondage, desperate and without hope, and are oppressed by their enemies.
This promise restores the light and hope they desperately need. “A son would be born, and He will save the world. He will be the mighty God, a Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, and Everlasting Father, Matthew 1:23.” Are you aware of this son? Have you experienced His wonderful presence in your life? If you feel abandoned or lost- without hope in a dark world- this is the time to reach out. Open your heart and receive this king in your heart/life. Jesus Christ is with you. You are not alone.
In His presence, chains break, fear disappears, and despair dissipates. Through Jesus, light comes to drive out the depression we are experiencing and fills every lonely and dark place of your soul with hope. Then hope comes with the reassurance that you will make it through these difficult testing times and that there are better days ahead.
The ability to approach life with trust and confidence can be strengthened with a simple understanding that there is someone who got you and is working along with you in this difficult time. God is with you. Emmanuel.
I recently lost my grandmother, whom I shared a powerful bond with. My mum named me after her late Father, Lucas Baker, who was my grandmother’s husband. They had been married for sixty years before His demise. Therefore, whenever I visited my grandma, she welcomed me as her husband and showered me with love, which made me feel special and loved. Her death was a huge blow, but what keeps me smiling is knowing that she is in a better place now.
She had been a dedicated Christian since when she was a teenager, and she used to share with me her path with Christ. She constantly told me the story of the “cracked pot.” “There was an elderly Vietnamese woman who had two large pots, each hanging on the ends of a stick she carried across her neck. One of the pots was cracked, while the other pot was perfect and delivered water in full portions. Since the journey from the stream was long, the cracked pot only arrived when half full”.
“For two years, this was the case, and the woman would bring home only one and a half pots of water. The perfect pot was always very proud of its accomplishments, while the cracked pot was ashamed of its imperfection and misery that it could only achieve half of what it had been assigned to do.”
“After two years of what the pot perceived as a bitter failure, the pot spoke to the woman and told her, “I am ashamed of myself because this crack in my side causes water to leak out back to your house.” The woman smiled, “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path but not on the other pot’s side?” “That’s because I have always known about your flaws, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.”
“For two years, I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.”
Maybe that is what you feel now or have experienced before. You have felt like the cracked pot- imperfect and ashamed. Many things in life have made us feel this way. Yet we either neglect or fail to realize that God is sovereign; He uniquely created each of us, and when we depend upon Him, incredible things will always happen in our lives.”
Originally posted 2022-07-16 21:21:12.