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Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Dallan Forgaill

Ever With Him

Back when my husband Mike and I were engaged, smitten though I was with him, there was a niggling worry in the back of my mind. Even then, I was aware of the hermit inside me. I needed my space, especially after a long day at the busy department store where I worked. Yet once we were married, I knew, Mike would be there all the time.

One of the first references to the Lord Jesus in the New Testament is, “‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which translated means, ‘God with us.’” (Matthew 1:23 NASB) Never before the birth of Jesus could lowly, everyday folks be with the almighty God. In order to spend a moment in His presence, and live to tell about it, even the High Priest of Israel had to do everything just right.

I had thought Mike’s constant company would infringe on my solitude. The Jews undoubtedly thought being close to God would be terrifying. I’ve found the opposite to be true about both. After we were married, I discovered I wanted nothing more than to hurry home to Mike. There was something right about his presence, something completing. And last year, when I was waiting for a scary medical result, I heard a song titled, “Immanuel.” The name alone reminded me that Jesus was with me — and it was the most comforting moment I’ve ever experienced. I’m so glad He came to earth and laid down His life so we can be “ever with Him.” Aren’t you?

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