God is with You

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December 22, 2015 – Tuesday

Reading
Isaiah 7:14 (NLT) All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means “God is with us”).

Reflection
It’s easy at Christmas time to feel how God is with you in the workplace. Signs are everywhere. Souls glow as people bring in food, pass out cards, and exchange gifts. Yesterday my supervisor brought in a whole ham for the staff. Last weekend, we had a big Christmas Party where everyone mingled and shared stories. Yes, we seem to act more Christ-like around the time of His birth: caring, loving, forgiving, and giving. It’s as if we know God is here with us.

But during the rest of the year, you and I just don’t treat everyone like we do at Christmas. Pressures of projects and budgets catch up. It’s easy to neglect the coworker next to you because it’s easy to forget God is with you – all year long.

It really doesn’t matter the season – God is with you. Does it ever matter what’s going on in the office? God is with you – all year long.

So today at work, find a sign of God being there. Then keep finding signs throughout the year. When tough times hit, remember the Christmas Miracle. A savior was born for you.

Remember today and all year long, God is with you. Immanuel sits right in your chair!

And Merry Christmas – all year long!!

Prayer
Father God, let me always remember the Miracle of Christmas. You sent Your only Son to die for me and all my sins so that I may be saved. Let me be kind to others — not only in the Christmas season, but in all of Your seasons. God, I thank You for being with me today and every day. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.

Christopher Sean Meconnahey, MPA
U.S. Department of the Navy
Military Sealift Command
Norfolk, Virginia USA

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Monday devotion editor: Stephen Pincus, Battalion Chief, City of Newport News Fire Department, Newport News, Virginia USA.

Tuesday devotion editor: Christopher Sean Meconnahey, Contract Specialist, Military Sealift Command, U.S. Defense Department, Norfolk, Virginia USA.

Wednesday devotion editor: Pastor Bill Dudley, Logistician, U.S. Department of Defense, Naval Base Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia USA.

Thursday devotion editor: Kevin Cooney, Visiting Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Beppu, Japan.

Friday devotion co-editors: Tammy Peavy, Fire Safety Educator, State Fire Marshal’s Office, Mississippi Insurance Department, Jackson, Mississippi USA. and James D. Slack, Professor, Department of Public Policy & Administration, College of Public Service, Jackson State University, Jackson Mississippi USA.

Questions or comments: contact Jim Slack at jslack0229@live.com.

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