I have shared one of my favourite quotes below – one that I strive to keep in memory.
It focuses not on the ‘nativity scene’ Emmanuel, but the ‘year-round’ Emmanuel who upholds, strengthens and intercedes for those who abide in Him:
“The Father’s presence encircled Christ, and nothing befell Him but that which infinite love permitted for the blessing of the world. Here was His source of comfort, and it is for us. He who is imbued with the Spirit of Christ abides in Christ. The blow that is aimed at him falls upon the Saviour, who surrounds him with His presence. Whatever comes to him comes from Christ. He has no need to resist evil, for Christ is his defense. Nothing can touch him except by our Lord’s permission, and “all things” that are permitted “work together for good to them that love God.”
~ Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, page 71, paragraph 2 ~
His Grace and unparalleled faithfulness continue to amaze me.