Sermon Snap Shot December 22, 2019

Sermon Snap Shot December 22, 2019

But on the other hand, on what occasions have I deeply craved “Emmanuel”? When have I most clung to the belief that God is with me?
Looking back, I would categorize these experiences in two ways. First, when I have most felt the need for God – when I have felt the most naked, the most exposed, the most vulnerable, the most tempted, the most fragile. And second, when I have believed, deep down, that I was doing what God wanted me to do…but that thing that I was doing was really hard or really scary.
Like when I decided to go away to college rather than staying home and following in my older brother’s footsteps…”God, you’re with me, right?”
Or when I watched the love of my life walk down the aisle as we prepared to share life-long vows with one another…”God, you’re with me, right?”
Or when I witnessed the birth of my two daughters and then loaded them in my car to take them home…”God, you’re with us, right?”
Or when I told my best friends that I was leaving the business world to enter full-time ministry…”God, you’re with me, right?”
Or when I walked across the campus at Duke University for the first time as a 31 year old – feeling like an old man for sure…”God, you’re with me, right?”
Or when I provided shelter to a Muslim student shortly after 9/11…”God, you’re with me, right?”
Or when I spoke out publicly against the pending war in Iraq in early 2002…”God, you’re with me, right?”
Or when I walked through home after destroyed home after Hurricane Katrina…”God, you’re with me, right?”
Or when Anne and I dropped off our oldest daughter Griffin at college…”God, you’re with us, right?”
Or when Anne and I made the decision to leave the comfortable, predictable life we had in Clemson for a new adventure somewhere else in South Carolina…”God, you’re with us, right?”
Or when I stood in front of all of you – Waters Edge – for the first time in the summer of 2013 at Beaufort Academy…”God, you’re with me, right?”
Or when we approved a plan and took on the financial responsibility to transform this old barn into a worship and fellowship space…”God, you’re with us, right?”
Or when I said, two Friday afternoons ago, one last prayer over Doug Thompson and then kissed him on the forehead…”God, you’re with us, right?”
The Good News of Christmas includes many different aspects, including this key belief that we find elevated in Joseph’s story: Emmanuel. God comes to be with us in Jesus. Yesterday. Today. And forevermore. And, it is my belief, that nothing, absolutely nothing, will ever be able to come between God and us.
From Sunday December 22 message “Good News of Christmas.”
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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