Posted by: TLC Fellowship | December 22, 2014

God With Us

by Pastor Derrick Wright, TLC Associate Minister

“But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.’” (Luke 1:30-33)

It was the night before final exams my junior year in college and I was feeling sad, hopeless and depressed. This season was supposed to be filled with joy, love and expectations, however, I had reached the end of my rope and did not know how to tie a knot and hang on until my help could come.

I always heard that I should look to the hills from whence my help would come, but I could only see dark clouds with no hills in sight. I have no doubt that many people may feel this same way during this Advent and Christmas Season.

We only need to see and hear the daily newscast to realize that the world that we live in is in constant turmoil with fragile race relations, terrorism, injustice, poverty, unemployment, underemployment… the list goes on and on. Oh, did I mention that it seems that we are always short on cash?

What and who can bring hope to a hopeless situation? I am glad that you asked that question because there is only one answer and His name is Jesus, who will save us from our sins. His name shall be called Emmanuel and God is with us!!

Jesus was born into this same kind of turmoil over 2000 years ago, and reminds us this Advent and Christmas Season that He will be with us and give us hope to press on by faith.

It was 34 years ago during this season that I wanted to give up on life at the tender age of 20. As I knelt down on my knees to pray that night in my college dorm room, I asked God to show me the way or I could not go on is this life. What an Awesome God we serve! I don’t remember much after that, but the next morning I got up early and had the amazing peace in my heart that passes all understanding. God had answered my prayer, and I have been running for Jesus ever since. My help did come right on time!

If you are feeling down and out, you can come through this season of darkness because Jesus is our eternal light that can never be put out!! Remember, Jesus lives within you and His Word says in Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.”

Happy Advent, Merry Christmas and Have a Blessed New Year! Grace & Peace.

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