Monday, December 24, 2007

Immanuel-God with us!

“…the virgin will be with a child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel which means ‘God with us …” Matthew 1:23 NKJV [italics & emphasis mine]

When Jacob was about to face his brother after years in exile; an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a trance - after the business meeting, Jacob would not let Him go. The bible tells us that Jacob fought with God and won-thus the angel of the Lord gave him a new name as his blessing-Israel, meaning a man who wrestled with God and man and won [Gen 32].

In most African tradition, you are not allowed to call your elders by their first names (why? Any takers?) As we think of Immanuel, let us think of who people call us—what name have we been given? blessed? friendly? supportive? rock? Or cursed? cone-man, lazy G, poor Jim, CD? People will call you what they perceive you to be…if you have a negative name (given upon birth or people around you), take a closer look at your values—what you represent…for whatsoever we sow, so shall we reap!

copyright ©2007 Light to my path † † † by TJM Kyara

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