so surely coming

      When things feel like dark and painful night, it helps to remember that Immanuel means God-is-with-us in the dark and painful night (and in the dawn which is so surely coming). 

“The virgin . . . will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” Matthew 1:23

“Joys are always on their way to us. They are always travelling to us through the darkness of the night. There is never a night when they are not coming.” Amy Carmichael