December 11, 2013

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?

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