An Advent Devotional from Seacoast Church
December 22

God With Us

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 (NIV)

Five years ago, I found myself sitting in a wheelchair, being wheeled down a cold, sterile, fluorescent-lit hospital hallway on the way to receive testing for undiagnosed pain in my body. I was scared and as we turned the corner into another maze-like corridor, I sensed the Lord speaking to me in a still, quiet voice – not audible, but one that reverberated in my heart nonetheless. “You know this is why I came. To heal the sick: the sick of body. The sick of soul.”

And there it was. In that hospital hallway, tears started streaming down my face. Not because of pain or fear, but because I knew he had come… for me, in that moment.

Here at Christmastime, I can’t help but focus on our Emmanuel—God with us—and the assurance I have knowing he came in the flesh to be relatable to us all. In time, he did heal me. So be encouraged that he also sees and wants to heal all those sick places in your body and soul, too. 

He came for you. 

He indeed is for us all. 

Share with friends


  1. What areas of your life do you need to trust that God sees you and wants to heal your body and soul?
  2. What ways this week can you share that same hope with someone else?

Share Your Blessing

  1. Consider inviting a neighbor or friend who would otherwise be spending the holidays alone, over to your home for a holiday meal.
  2. In the Lowcountry, sign up to be a host at the Seacoast Church Warming Shelter. This will give you the opportunity to remind those facing homelessness, that God is with them.


Come experience one of our Christmas Eve candlelight services as we remember the birth of Jesus with music, a message, and fun.
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