December 18, 2016. 4th Sunday of Advent. Emmanuel: God With Us
Pls Read God’s Silent Message: Mt 1:18-24
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.”
I thought I won’t make it!
I thought I would be weak and would feel weaker as I had to go through those six cycles!
But here I am … STRONGER! Continually claiming for such BREAKTHROUGH that those six which recently ended would be the last; … no more 7th, no more 8th!
When TOUGH TIMES supersede, you would surely doubt if you’d ever get through it! It has never been easy waking up at the middle of the night with unexplained pains. It has never been easy battling the work of the mind which triggers all the anxieties there are, during each and every cycle; even during downtimes few days after the treatment.
But what makes me survive each time? … that assurance that “God is with me!”
Each time I cry out to God for His mercy & love, there in my dreams, He makes me see that I have succeeded over the valley of death and that I am there, right on top of such valley, enjoying His Oasis of healing, tapping over the refreshing water of life.
Friends, would you hold on to the promises of God, especially when you are faced with uncertainty in your journey? … PLEASE DO!
Just like Joseph & Mary in today’s gospel, we are called “in hope to believe against hope” that God will fulfill all His promises and that He will give us great guarantee through our intuition and our dreams – exactly as what He did with Joseph – whom after such dream, when Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him. Mary on the other hand, nonetheless believed and trusted with all her heart even if she was asked to assume a burden of tremendous responsibility – BOTH A LANGUAGE OF LOVE just to bring us our “Emmanuel”!
May this Advent Season make our lives an inspiration of faith & hope to those we fall short of recognition that amidst life’s enormous challenge, “God is with us” for always! #sunset