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We gather with our families on this Christmas Eve to thank God that God is with us. The great and glorious news that we need to hear so badly is that Jesus, the babe of Bethlehem was born in a manger. With all the things that have taken place this year, Coronavirus, racial hatred in our streets, and the cry for social justice, it is good to know that we can celebrate the birth of our Savior. We have the assurance that regardless of what we go through, God is with us. We have reason to celebrate although this Christmas may be different in many ways. As I write this devotion, I do not know if we are still required to have mass or not have Christmas dinner. However, I am assured that God is with us and we celebrate this wonderful event that changed the world completely. Our scripture reference is Matthew 1:23.

 “‘Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a Son, and they will call Him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”

Matthew, the gospel writer, indicates that Mary would be blessed with a child. His name shall be Jesus and He shall save His people. All this was done, so that the prophecy might be fulfilled. They shall call His name Emmanuel, which is interpreted as God is with us. The virgin child will be born. What a wonderful birth. What a wonderful gift. He will save us from our sins, and this is our reason to give thanks. On this Christmas Eve, take the time to thank God that He is with us.