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Holy Intervention

  
  
  

This month we will be sharing a collection of short readings by Northeastern Seminary alumni as they reflect on and rejoice in the gifts of God's grace and the signs of Christ present during this Advent Season. Today's guest post was written by Joanne Green-Colon.

The Bible is full of powerful statements about God's intervention in our lives: God watches over us, God goes before us, and if God is for us who can be against us.

God watching over us talks about God's protection and care for his children. Just as earthly parents make sure their children are taken care of with their needs provided and out of harm’s way, God makes sure that our needs are met and our ways are safe.

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God goes before us shows us the Creator guiding our steps and providing direction to our lives. We don't have to worry about having a purpose because God is our guide. We would go through difficulties and obstacles, yet we can rest assured that we would cross to the other side of the valley because the designer of the path is leading us.

God is for us talks about him being our defender, our secure place. The Powerful of Heaven stands in defense of our souls against the attacks of our enemy and we can stand assured that no weapon against us could destroy our soul because the Lord of Hosts is for us, on our side.

Nonetheless, there is one statement that I believe is even more powerful than these.

The prophet Isaiah spoke about Jesus in this way: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

Immanuel. What a beautiful name! Now God would not only be watching over us, walking in front of us, and protecting us. Now God was coming to be with us, to be our companion—leaving a place in glory to be humbled—to be able to relate to you and me in our humanity. 

We would not have to be alone any more. The God of the universe would walk by our side every day. God would be right there when we are excited, sad, hurt, and even angry. God would be the shoulder to cry upon, the chest to rest upon. God would be with us in a personal way as never before.

In fact, He is with us today! He is Immanuel.

 

Joanne Green ColonOn December 16, 2013 the Colon family bid farewell to Joanne Green-Colon, who experienced serious complications during the delivery of their second child on December 9. A most faithful follower of Jesus, she will always remain known as a remarkable, talented, energetic, and creative woman who touched many lives in the Rochester community and elsewhere for Jesus.

This reflection, written on November 22, 2013 and scheduled as part of the Northeastern Seminary alumni advent series, is published today at the request of her family.

Joanne Green-Colon, M.Div. ’05, was a pastor at Heart and Soul Community Church in Rochester, N.Y. and taught Church History and Children’s Ministry in the Certificate in Ministry Program at Northeastern Seminary.



Comments

Beautifully said by a beautiful person. She will be missed...
Posted @ Thursday, December 19, 2013 8:48 AM by Gael Orr
Please except my sympathy for this terrible loss.It's hard to imagine that God would have a plan in this time of loss of a mom, wife daughter, but she is the one who is rejoicing with Jesus! 
Posted @ Thursday, December 19, 2013 9:09 AM by peggy thomas
I continue to stand amazed at how our Heavenly Father works in and through us - in life and IN LIFE with our LORD and SAVIOR in heaven. Praise His name. Continued prayers for the Colon family.
Posted @ Thursday, December 19, 2013 11:23 AM by Charity Curtis
beautiful thoughts from a beautiful person inside and out
Posted @ Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:55 PM by larry
Thank you, Colon family, for sharing this beautiful Advent blog. I did not know Joanne, but my heart goes out to her family, as you mourn the loss of a clearly exceptional pastor, wife, and mother. You are in my prayers. 
Posted @ Thursday, December 19, 2013 1:21 PM by Carol Hallenbeck
When Joanne wrote these words, God knew what was going to happen in the coming weeks. How amazing that Joanne was given these words of comfort for those who loved her to cherish: "God would be right there when we are excited, sad, hurt, and even angry. God would be the shoulder to cry upon, the chest to rest upon." May you find comfort in the truth of God's presence at all times, which clearly Joanne knew in a very personal way.
Posted @ Thursday, December 19, 2013 3:01 PM by Lisa Martinez DeVinney
Doy gracias a Dios por el regalo de de Joanne a este mundo. Ciertamente, "Emanuel", fue una realidad en su vida. Aun hoy, luego de su partida, este escrito nos hace oler a Cristo a través de su contenido. Gracias a Dios que esparció el olor de su conocimiento por medio de esta menuda joven de Ceiba, Puerto Rico...Joanne Green-Colon. A Dios sea la gloria!
Posted @ Sunday, December 22, 2013 4:56 AM by Samuel Caraballo-López
Joanne's beautiful spirit is present in her written words. Thank you for sharing.
Posted @ Sunday, December 22, 2013 2:30 PM by Traci
It is with deep sadness that I read this post and learn of JoAnnes passing. What a wonderful message she has left us to comfort our souls. She was such a pleasant person to be around; the embodiment of God's Love. She will always be preserved in my heart. God bless her family. 
 
Rev. Grace Douglass 
Zion Hill Baptist Church 
Posted @ Tuesday, December 24, 2013 4:59 AM by Grace Douglass
I am simultaneously deeply saddened and deeply moved. In lieu of my prepared sermon on December 22, I read JoAnne's article. I received two significant responses, send me the article and what a sweet gentle move of the Spirit.
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