God With Us

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

I do hope that each of you had a wonderful Christmas. I know that some have had struggles with sickness and others have even experienced the loss of a loved one. This has made things difficult I am sure, but I hope in the midst of it all this Christmas has been a blessing to you.

The Nachtigall house has been wild in recent days. We had 28 come together for our ‘post’ Christmas celebration. I am so thankful for the opportunity that God gave us to be together at this time. It was a tremendous blessing.

Vicki was in her ‘Memaw’ zone! She was doing it all! From holding onto the grandkids to making sure there was enough food on the tables for everyone. As many of you know, she is totally amazing! Nothing that transpired could steal her joy of having her family around her.

I know she would have loved it if everyone could have been here, but she was just thrilled with all who could make it. She did all she could to provide for her parents, the grandkids and even me. But that is just who Vicki is – a woman that desires to give.

Her desire doesn’t stop with making sure there is enough food on the table. Her true desire is for everyone to know the peace of God in their lives. Even when the grandkids are bouncing off the wall, she wants them to know love that will direct them toward God. That’s what makes her the amazing woman she is.

Now as we stand at the door of a new year, her desire is no different. Everyone but Chandra, Noah and Dakota has headed home. The house is a little quieter and the needs are much easier to meet. I believe Vicki is already thinking about the next time that we will get together. She knows this New Year will bring some things that will cause struggles, but her focus will still be on the Lord.

Whether it is in good times or tough times, she is determined to surrender that time to the Lord. She knows that regardless of the situation that God is still in control. She believes that He will carry us through every situation to the place where He desires us to be.

When the exiles were in Babylon the struggles were great and the days were long and difficult. Yet God told them to live their lives as they would if they were home in Jerusalem. He wanted them to know that the struggle would come to an end.

In Jeremiah 29:10-11 it says – “For thus says the Lord, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”

God was not going to send the people into exile and turn His back on them. He wanted them to know that He would be there for them regardless of where they found themselves. He wanted them to be aware of His presence that would go beyond the boundaries of Israel.

The promise of God has not changed even today. He has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us just as He did Joshua (Joshua 1:5). He will be with us when all is well and when the struggles seem overwhelming. That is something that we can count on in our life.

We may not know what tomorrow holds, but we do know who holds tomorrow. Our Father already knows what 2020 holds for us. The angel gave Jesus the name Immanuel – God with us. He has been there for us every step of the way and He will always be there.

So, whatever you might find yourself facing as you begin this New Year, just remember that God will be there for you. God is with us every step of the way – so trust Him.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul