"Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Isaiah 7:14
Immanuel. God with us. Jesus's decent to earth is how he came physically to be with us. Leaving heaven and coming to a hurting, broken world is just about the biggest thing someone could do. Lucado talks in his devotional about when Jesus lived physically on the earth no one was afraid to be near him. No one considered him too divine to touch. No one stayed away for fear of rejection. And He's God.
No matter how far we feel from God, He is always there, waiting and ready. Lucado says, "It is man who creates the distance. It is Jesus who builds the bridge."
My prayer today is that I will have a welcoming spirit like that of Christ, and that I will be an example to those around me that in God's eyes, we're all equally his beloved children. No sin is too great, no habit too bad, no hurt too deep, to keep God from loving us.