In this age of the saturated self, time and space are drowning in voices, noises, and insistent demands – all clamoring for our attention. We might feel at times as if we are suffocating or simply being squished by blind forces that have no consideration or compassion, and we wonder if we can survive. “Is God really with me? Does He care about me?” This Season in particular can magnify those emotions. That is why I think it powerfully poignant that the first title Jesus is given is “Emmanuel,” God with us.