I want to talk about a single verse in the Christmas story, about really just one single, very powerful little word in that verse. It was actually a promise made by the prophet Isaiah a long time earlier when he said, "The young woman will be with child..." That's Jesus. "...and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, "which means God with us.
For the past eighteen years Robin and I have resided at the same residence, we built our dream home on what we thought was the perfect lot, little did we know, the lot was home to an old creek bed filled with silt like clay. It’s was deemed unbuildable unless we dug out the clay and brought in good soil to assure a solid foundation.
This never gets old to me, so I want to share with you once again. Erma Bombeck tells of God in the act of creating mothers. She says that on the day God created mothers He had already worked long overtime. And an angel said to Him, "Lord, you sure are spending a lot of time on this one."
This past week as I was driving by a gated community, it started me thinking about Jesus’ quote, Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
I’ve discovered, all relationships require work and effort, whether it's marriage, parenthood, even friendship. Even the relationships with our beloved pets take time and effort. And when I don't give them the attention and the affection they need or deserve, I just feel guilty and deflated.
Cousin Jessie taught me a lot this past Sunday, about how much is packed into this week, Holy week, wow it’s a lot to take in. So, what's the one word that could best express our response to this message of Easter, to the idea of resurrection?