Glad the day is over. The plate was full. But it was a glorious day. God was with us. Through thick and thin, in the challenges as well as the struggles. Emmanuel.
We need that sense together, that God is with us. How much he loves his children! How much he loves the world! To be in Jesus is to be in communion with God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Being in that communion together as the people of God in Jesus. And living that out before the world.
We live now, as Christ's Body on earth, in the humiliation preceding the glory. Sharers together in his sufferings, that we might be sharers together in his glory. Seeing, in our weakness, his strength made perfect. That means it won't always look pretty, or spectacular. In fact, I take it that often it won't! But God will make it beautiful, with true greatness.
This looks like love; the love of God. What God teaches us and works in us by his Spirit. A love which is creative. But especially committed to each other. A love which doesn't stop when difficulties inevitably arise. Even relational struggles. But refuses to be moved out of love for Jesus. Keeping God's command to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another, as he has commanded us (1 John).
This means avoiding the bad, our oft propensity towards darkness through various sins, especially against others and therefore against God. Instead doing the good- including confessing our sins, and thus living as the light in the Lord, that we are.
Every day, a new day for this! Every day, Emmanuel, God-with-us! Amen.