The words “God is with us” are announced at Christmas and these words bring me such comfort. These words are true all year long, even through Lent. I am stirred in my spirit with tenderness and love in response to these words. God is always with us. Am I always with Him? Sometimes. I am a sinner and unable to be perfect in my focus and desire and prayer to be with God. I am able to be present to Him, for Him, only by the power of the Holy Spirit. I am humbled and I recognize that I cannot do this in my own power or desire. Only as I recognize how powerless I am, I see my poverty. But I have hope. God is with us! God is with me. God being with me gives me the thirst and desire to be with Him. When I reach to Him and ask Him for mercy and grace to be with Him, He gently floods my spirit and I am renewed and refreshed. This is like manna in the desert and I need to come to Him daily for this new “manna” so my spirit will flourish and grow. As I receive Him, I am changed every so subtly but nevertheless different than before this “manna” filled me. Come Lord Jesus!
Copyright 2012 Gloria Winn