Sunday, December 19, 2010

What's in a Name?

"Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means "God is with us." (Mt 1:23)
I saw a church sign this week that said - "What's in a name? Emmanuel, God-is-with-us."
What's in a name?
God loved us so much that he came to us in a little baby. He was born in a stable. He took on our human flesh.
God walked our dusty roads. He felt our fatigue and hunger. 
God wept and God laughed and God listened to his mother.
God came to save us. God came to let us know who God is. God came so we might know of His love for us.
What's in a name?
If Jesus had been crucified and ascended into heaven and then we just went back to worshiping a God from afar, Christmas would still have seemed awesome.
But God never left us. God never abandoned us. God came. God stayed.
And God is still with us.
Emmanuel.

9 comments :

Karinann said...

Beautiful reflection, Colleen and Amen to all of it!
Hugs & Blessings.

Colleen said...

Karinan, thank you so much! Hugs and blessings to you too!

Jesus liebt dich said...

Colleen, you are right, God has never stopped loving us - but we His creation often forget Him.

God has never abandoned us, but we have often spurned Him. God bless.

Colleen said...

Jesus liebt dich, thank you for visiting and for your comment! Merry Christmas!

Jean Wise said...

Emmanuel is one of my favorite words and is a one word prayer itself. Thank you for a beautiful reflection.

Colleen said...

Jean, thank you. Emmanuel is such a beautiful prayer.

Barb Schoeneberger said...

The one who names us has authority over us in the Bible, so names are very important. God gave two names to His Son: Emmanuel and Jesus (Savior). It's comforting to know that He is always with us and saving us from the loss of our souls. Sometimes I just want to kneel down and touch my head to the floor it is so awesome. Can we ever fully take this Love in?

Joann said...

So beautiful and true, Colleen. I think of the Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. So close, so present.

Colleen said...

Barb, no, I do not think we really can understand the depth of this Love. And yes it is awesome.

Joann, sometimes I think that when I go to adoration, it is like I am going to Bethlehem, to find this Savior who is Christ the Lord. To adore him like the wise men and shepherds did.