pattern // emmanuel god with us
This year I realized something. It surprised me, and yet, it also made sense. Are you ready for it?
I could do without Christmas.
Don't get me wrong. I like Christmas. I like making decorations and giving gifts, Nativity scenes and all the music (really!). But if there was no more Christmas celebrations, I think I'd survive.
What I need to celebrate and observe more than Christmas, however, is Advent. Not a little countdown calendar with a piece of chocolate each day, but the season that anticipates the coming of Jesus. Traditionally the weeks leading to Christmas are for preparation of our coming Savior, both remembering Him as an infant, and His promised return.
This year it has helped my heart and my head to think about Jesus' presence. It keeps coming at me as I read books and blogs, and listen to messages and songs. O Come, O Come Emmanuel always stands out. Emmanuel, one of the names of Jesus, means "God with us." Not only God who was with us, or who will be with us. God with us. Now.
It's hard for me to express just how powerful that is to me. I roll it over and over in my head, like kneading bread. And it works its way in. This is how I'm preparing for Christmas and for Him. So I stitched it up into a little hexagon...
...and also made a larger pattern. Maybe you need a reminder that Jesus promised to be with you now and always. Choose one of the designs and stitch that reminder. Keep it around long after Christmas because this isn't something for once a year.
Friends, may you know and experience Jesus' presence this Advent season, and may you find comfort in the God who loves you so much that He sent His only Son. For you.