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"And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which is translated, “God with us.”" (Matthew 1:21-23 NKJV)

There is a Christmas song that is played and sung every year during the Christmas season that, supposedly, speaks of the joys of this time of year. The song is entitled, "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year." The first verse goes like this, "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year. With the kids jingle belling, And everyone telling you "Be of good cheer." It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year. It's the hap-happiest season of all, With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings When friends come to call. It's the hap - happiest season of all."

Unfortunately, for many, this song is not true. For many holiday times are the most stressful, unhappy, depressing times of the year. Lost loved ones who were with us last year, but now have transitioned to the next life, financial wows and feelings of loneliness and sorrow, fill many peoples lives during the holidays. For many, this is not "the hap - happiest season of all."

Yet, we must not forget that in the midst of all that we feel and all that we go through, Jesus is still EMMANUEL, “GOD WITH US.” Don't ever forget that God is still with you. He did not promise us that we would not experience certain feelings or suffer through difficult times. Indeed, He told us that we would have troubled times. But He also told us that He would never leave us. David said, "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me." Be assured today, you're going to make it, because GOD IS STILL WITH YOU.

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