Emmanuel: God With Us

By Tracy Earl Welliver, Everyday Stewardship (LPi, 2015)

The name Emmanuel means “God is with us.” This is a title we use for Jesus frequently during Advent and Christmas, but its impact should stay with us throughout the year. The Incarnation – God becoming human in the person of Jesus Christ – broke into our world in a profound manner that means God is not only with us, God is us. The relationship offered to us by God is now more intimate and meaningful because of the birth of Jesus.

God is truly with us, and our goal is to be truly present to Him at all times. To be prayerful is an important part of our stewardship, and it means more than setting aside ten minutes a day to recite prayers.

Our goal as stewards is to experience the presence of God throughout the day in the ordinary and extraordinary moments of living. We can begin by offering God all our actions and our time in the day ahead as we awake, and we can examine our day before we go to sleep at night. This practice may help to lead us closer to that goal.

When we begin to sense God’s presence at all times, we realize that being with God does not mean one of us has to be talking all the time. In quietness it becomes easier for us to truly understand the meaning of Emmanuel: “God is with us.”