Yet, there are always faithful reminders to encourage, to lift the eyes and the spirit.
"God's with-us-ness means that He has taken our nature upon Him to accompany us as friend and shepherd during the pilgrimage...." so Paul Zahl has written. Once again, footprints.
There is this too, lines from Dora Greenwell's wonderful hymn:
And art Thou come with us to dwell,
Our Prince, our Guide, our Love, our Lord?
And is Thy name Emmanuel,
God present with His world restored?
...The world is glad for Thee! ...And all is well,
And fixed and sure, because Thou art,
Whose name is called Emmanuel!
May our Lord Emmanuel, fill your minds and hearts, Dear Reader, with the assurance of His presence season.