21 She will give birth to a son, and you will call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 Now all of this took place so that what the Lord had spoken through the prophet would be fulfilled:

23 Look! A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son,
        And they will call him, Emmanuel.  

(Emmanuel means “God with us.”)      

– Matthew 1: 21-23 (CEB)

What I wanted for Christmas in 1977 was “Super Toe” (Pictured above).  Hey, I was five, don’t judge me.   You bonk him on the head hard, and he kicks the football.  I didn’t get him that year.  My brother already had one, so, Santa didn’t see fit that our family would need two of these things.  Instead, Santa brought some other toys (which my brothers broke, but I’m not still bitter about that..) and some clothes that I needed.   I was still grateful, but also a touch disappointed.

All of this makes me wonder, “What do we want for Christmas this year?”  Better yet, “What do we need?”

The 1st Chapter of Matthew, alerts us to who Jesus is, and what he does.  It’s God seeing what we need and then giving it to us.   Through Jesus, the Lord will forgive us and be with us (what we need).   God doesn’t promise to take away our suffering, but instead, suffers with us and for us.   Given the choice to leave us to ourselves, obliterates us, or love us and come to be with us, guess which one God chose?

And this is the heart of the Gospel message, the good news, as Jesus is born, God’s love is revealed to us.  God gives us the greatest gift, the gift we need and long for the most – Love.

Prayer:  Lord, you know what we need most, your grace, your forgiveness, your mercy, and your love.  Thanks for always providing.