Quotes About Christmas

We Are Never Alone

Paul Foslien, Senior Pastor, Living Word Family Church, Naples, FL

December 26, 2016

#8) “This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone.” ~Taylor Caldwell

The Bible tells us that God is with us and that he will never forsake us. We know at the beginning that God walked and talked with Adam, he was never alone. Until man sinned, we had wonderful fellowship with God. Sin is what causes loneliness in our lives because it has a separating effect. This is why the Christmas message is so important. Jesus came to restore fellowship with God; that is why He is called Immanuel, which means “God with us.”

Matthew 1:23 NKJV “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

When in our lives do we need someone with us the most? Every one of us wants someone with us when we are afraid, lonely, happy, sad, excited or when we want to share a life event. God created us to be this way; we are creatures that crave community. Stop and think about this for a second, all throughout the Bible you rarely see anyone doing this ‘thing’ we call life alone. In fact, it’s not just the Bible but also in this world. Here are a few examples; Batman had Robin, Burt had Ernie, Frodo had Sam, Adam had Eve, Paul had Timothy, Jesus had the Father and the twelve. God himself said, “it’s not good for man to be alone.” At the center of all our hearts, we were created to have social interaction, never isolation.

Satan’s goal in life is to put voids between our relationship with God and others. You can see this when He took a third of the angels with him when he rebelled against God. In the Garden of Eden, he was able to separate Adam and Eve from their God given refuge. Even in nature, lions roar and seek to separate the weak from the strong. As soon as a pack of lions isolates its prey from the rest of the group, game over. Why? There is strength in numbers and weakness in isolation.  Do not allow yourself to become lonely this Christmas season; instead, spend time with those who are most important to you and the ones you love. Remember, no matter what the circumstances are, God is with us and he is with you.

The best gift you can give this Christmas each and every day is the gift of observation and friendship. God needs you to notice and take care of the lonely and lost. I challenge you to take the time to look for someone who has lost a loved one this year, especially as we move past Christmas Day. It can become easy to fall back into our normal routine and forget that, after all the family and friends have left, some are in their loneliest moments. They might seem ok on the outside, but I can guarantee you they are lonely on the inside for the loved one they lost.

God bless you and Merry Christmas,

Pastor Paul

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