Isaiah 9:6 “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Tears unexpectedly came to my eyes as I read these words aloud for a Christmas celebration at my church more than 20 years ago. I had read this passage many times realizing it was predicting Jesus’ birth,but I had not experienced the power of its reality for me. The names for Jesus have stayed with me. I used the names for Jesus as I journal-ed my prayers during a summer of being flat on back in bed with foot surgery.
Through the Holy Spirit Jesus became my Wonderful Counselor. Listening for God while reflecting on scripture, I was comforted. I discovered when circumstances turn out differently than expected, God is still present. God became powerful and everlasting for me. I experienced a sense of God parenting me not only in providing security as a father, but also with nurture and gentleness as a mother. Peace with endurance and joy was the result. During my summer recuperation my trust in God grew.
As I anticipate Christmas, celebrating Christ’s birth, the words “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace: form a foundation to begin waiting with excitement and eagerness.
Is there a scripture that sets the tone for your preparation for celebrating Christ’s birth?