God with us…really?

All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin[f] will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).

Isaiah 7:14

Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust.

God with us.  Trying to unpack those three words is a bit overwhelming.  With no verb, there is not a time frame to when God is with us.  Wherever we are in our lives – our vast geographies, our span of experiences, our unique situations – God is with us.


God with us in our distractions.

God with us in the things we cannot control.

God with us in our celebrations.

God with us in the mundane things.

God with me in my loss.

God with me when I am searching.

God with me when I fail.

God with me in my frustrations.

God with me in a moment of utter joy.

God with me, nudging me, loving me and coming after me when I choose to not be with him.


Denise McKinney

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One response to “God with us…really?

  1. Kristi Anderson

    Last Christmas, I read this Scripture from Matthew 1:23: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” and I finally got it. I have been reading that for years and somehow I misinterpreted what it meant. I knew all of the words, but the word “with” really tripped me up; somehow I managed to interpret it more like “among” us. I remember thinking that this is when Jesus came to dwell among us. For the first time, I began to understand that Jesus was not just among us, but He was “with” us.

    That Christmas, I was going through a tough time and a very dear friend was facing an incredibly difficult situation and I finally realized that God was “with” us, He was there for us, understanding what we were going through, and ready to help. How awesome it is to know that God wasn’t content to be among us, His goal was to be with us!

    This Christmas, I have been privileged to be a part of The Angel Tree program through our church. I’ve learned how hopeless and devastating Christmas can be for some families. I am so thankful that I can be a part of helping someone else this Christmas, spreading God’s love and providing for others, and most importantly to share the good news that God is indeed “with” us.

    Kristi Anderson

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