“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

Perhaps the most well-known Advent song is the haunting hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” The song celebrates that “Emmanuel” has come – that the Almighty God has come in the form of a baby boy and dwelt among his people – God with us.

The first Christmas was probably more anticlimactic than we sometimes think. Many were going on with their daily lives in the midst of the hustle and bustle. They had no idea that something was happening that was about to change everything. They had no idea that the living God was coming to dwell among his people. While they had heard the promises of the prophets, perhaps they’d given up or grown tired or restless in their waiting.

In the midst of this – love came down. The shepherds – a group of people who were lowly, despised and rejected – rejoiced as they welcomed the baby boy. The world would never be the same.

We can rejoice this Christmas season knowing God is at work in and through his people to redeem all things. We can be a part of that story as bearers of truth, grace and love to a world in need. At Global Scholars, we firmly believe that God is at work on university campuses around the world.  We can proclaim with joy that the Lord has come – and we recognize that knowledge is desperately needed to transform academics disciplines, campuses and communities around the world.

I pray that you will experience the hope, peace, love, and joy of Christ this Christmas season and that you will join me in praying for those at universities around the world to experience the same. 

Merry Christmas!