Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.                              “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,          and they shall name him Emmanuel,”          which means, "God is with us."                   —Matthew 1.23

Forget all the fancy theories of salvation, how this birth will be the latchkey to our otherwise impossible forgiveness. No, it is much more simple.

God wants to be with us. That's all. Messed up as we are, the Beloved likes to be close.

God desires to be with you, delights to be with you. Our Heavenly Lover delights to be with all humanity, because that's what love is like.

All the stars in the darkness, all the aching hearts, the strangers who, after all, are lovely, all of this marvel is just the divine plea for friends.

How simple it is to give God immense pleasure!

                   Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve

__________________ Steve Garnaas-Holmes Unfolding Light www.unfoldinglight.net

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