Emmanuel, In Chloe’s Words

December 10, 2012

If you read my last blog post, you know that my son’s girlfriend Chloe and her sister, Greta, were in bad auto accident yesterday after church.

We were at the hospital until late last night and this morning I used my “Pastor Card” to get in to see her.  As I talked with Chloe this morning in ICU, I told her that all through the ordeal I was reminded of Craig Groeschel’s message yesterday.  It was about God’s “omnipresence”, or as a child would say, “God is with ME.”  Chloe said that she was also reminded of the message and took comfort from it through the whole ordeal.  (She is still in the ordeal as she had surgery last night and has at least two more this week.)

I thought about “Emmanuel” as I was praying in the car with Marla and Matthew at the accident scene.  Greta had talked to Matthew.  We didn’t know if Chloe was ok or not.  All we could see was emergency vehicles and lights.  The car was behind them.

We prayed desperately and thanked God that we knew that even though we couldn’t see what was going on behind all of the emergency lights and vehicles, we knew that God was with Chloe and Greta.  I also knew that God was with Carl and Jaynie, the girls’ parents.  We asked for God’s comfort on them.  I felt his presence with me.

Chloe’s jaw has multiple fractures but what she said to me this morning, mainly moving her lips, rocked me to the core.   This is what Chloe said:

“When I was still in the car, I was scared.  I had been singing ‘Jesus Loves Me” because that’s all that I knew to do.  Greta was talking to me to keep me calm.

I then heard the paramedics outside of the car talking.  They said to each other that they didn’t know if I was going to make it.  Then I saw Him.  I SAW JESUS.  He was shaking His head ‘YES’ and said ‘You ARE going to make it.’  I knew He was with me.”

I was speechless.  Wow….  “God is WITH US.”  He was there with the girls.  He was with Carl and Jaynie.

He was TALKING to Chloe, giving her hope as she sat in a totally demolished car with so many injuries that the EMT’s thought she wasn’t going to make it.

I asked Chloe for permission to share her story and she said it was ok.

I will never hear the words “Emmanuel-God with us”, in the same way again.

Christmas: God is With Us!

December 24, 2011

Isaiah 7:14  says, “Therefore, the Lord will give you a sign:  The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and you shall call Him Immanuel.

 

Immanuel means “God with us.” 

 

God came down from heaven to be WITH US.  He made it possible for us to be with Him.

I met Immanuel as a 12 year old boy.  I can tell you for a fact that He has been WITH ME.

God was WITH ME…..

  • He was reaching out to me and drawing me to Him as a 12 year old.
  • As I jumped on the church bus and began to learn about the Bible and get to know Him, He drew me near.
  • He was WITH ME as I lead the devotions for my high school football team before games in my senior year.
  • He was WITH ME as I met Marla in college and we were married.
  • He was WITH ME as each of my kids were born.
  • During times of loss, like my dad and my grandparents, He was WITH ME.
  • He is WITH ME now as I lead my family and church.

I am thankful tonight for the little baby that was born, willing to be WITH ME.  He emptied Himself of the benefits and luxury of being in heaven and came to Earth as a baby.  He grew up and died a terrible death, paying the price for my sin.  He knew what was required, but like a real man-the baby came.

AND HE IS WITH ME!

I hope you have a Merry Christmas.  Remember that God sent Jesus and that’s why we celebrate Christmas.

Immanuel.  God is with us!