12 Days of Christmas :: Emmanuel

DAY 8 :: I am grateful that God is WITH us.

Today is the Sunday before Christmas. I hosted our services today and am once again reminded how much I love God's people. I love the local church and all Jesus imagined it could be. I get to experience God WITH us through this local community - and by nature of our church, a global Body - on a regular basis. Our community embodies the truth that because of Christmas God has come near. He is with us. He went to the fullest length to bring us back to him. So, today, I'm grateful that we love, serve, and follow a God who isn't distant or impersonal. He is here.

May this song lift you toward the One who loves us so much that he did not leave us orphans. He came to adopt us into his forever family. That is a Christmas worth celebrating...


April L. Diaz

April has been a visionary activist her entire life. She has made it her mission to lead high performing teams and develop leaders in the margins of society while caring for our bodies, mind, and spirit. Secretly, she’s a mix of a total girly girl and a tomboy, and is still crazy about her high school sweetheart, Brian. Together, they co-parent 3 fabulous kiddos and live in Orange County, CA.