Embrace the Word ~ December 2023 Week 3: Celebrate the Savior, Celebrating Jesus at Christmas Time

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Hello Family! The Holiday Season is in full swing! As I write, I have only two days left of school before our winter break. Though I am excited for the break, it is bittersweet because I am losing one of my little friends. He is moving to a new school after the break. Each one of my students has a special place in my heart. Whether they move away or move on to a new grade, I always try to assure them that I will never forget them. After many years of teaching, my memories are not as sharp as they were, but I often can fondly recall the names and faces of my littles. 

No one wants to feel forgotten. Sadly, during this time of year, many people feel the sting of loneliness, isolation, and abandonment. Even when many people are around, the feeling of being forgotten can weigh heavily on the heart. It is even more unsettling when it feels like the Lord has forgotten you. 

Let me tell you, friends, nothing can be further from the truth. 

But this is how the Lord’s people felt.

But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me. Isaiah 49:14-16

Isaiah 49 began the prophet’s prophecy about the promised Messiah (Isaiah 49—57). In verse 14, Isaiah says that God’s people expressed feelings of abandonment. They felt they had been forgotten by the Lord, leaving them feeling a sense of despair and hopelessness. 

In verse 15, God, through the prophet Isaiah, reassured His people of His unchanging love and care. Isaiah used the analogy of a mother’s love for her child to convey the depth of God’s love for His people. More powerful than a mother’s love is the everlasting love of God, our Father. 

When Jesus was born, the people felt that they had been forgotten and abandoned. There were 400 years of silence where no one received or delivered a special message from God. The people longed to hear a word from God, eagerly anticipating the fulfillment of His promises. 

Then the Word was made flesh and dwelled among us! 

Jesus is the living fulfillment of each of God’s promises. God had not forgotten His people! Instead, He sent His Son! The promised Messiah who assured God’s people that they were not forgotten. 

Mary sang, “He has helped His servant Israel, In remembrance of His mercy,” (Luke 1:54). She knew that the promise she carried was the help God’s people needed. Zechariah prophesied that Jesus would come “to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant (Luke 1:72). 

We are not forgotten! This beautiful truth rings loudly as we celebrate the advent of our Lord Jesus. At a time when His people felt forgotten, God remembered. 

God has remembered His people. 

God has remembered His covenant.

God has remembered His promises. 

God has remembered His great love for us. 

This CHRISTmas let this truth wash over you again! You are not forgotten! 

Even if you feel lonely and abandoned this season, know you are not alone. You will never be alone because He is with you! He will never leave you or forsake you. 

You are engraved in the palm of His hands! 

Thank you for joining us this month! Download your Week Three Devotional Guide ​here​

​Week Two Devotional Guide​

If you missed Week One, here it is: ​​Celebrate the Savior​

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

Your friend in the journey, 

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