We stand within sight of the manger and the light of the star becomes brighter and begins to settle over the place where the Christ-child lies. We look around in wonder. We look around and wonder. We wonder at the sight, for we find that the stable and manger are not in some distant place, we don't even need to go to church to find them, for they are in our midst, with us in the very place in which we find ourselves. No matter in what place we find ourselves, God is with us, Immanuel, in our midst holding us and shielding us. No matter what the journey has been that brings us here, no matter what lied ahead on our continued journey, Immanuel – God is with us.
God is with you, me , us. So thanks be to God this Christmastide.