Wednesday, December 23, 2009

And He Will Be Called...

This is my last post before Christmas as I take some time to celebrate with my family. That's them in the pictures above, in case you couldn't figure that out for yourself. My youngest is posing as an angel. Her halo, as you can see, is crooked. There's a good reason for that.

Before I go I wanted to share with you something I have been meditating on this Christmas. As I have been reading through Ann Voskamp's Jesse Tree Devotion, I have found many truths about Jesus' coming-- things I had never seen before, which I love.

As I read Isaiah 9:6, I was struck with something I had never considered before. This is a verse we have all heard repeated often. We hear it repeated in the words of the Hallelujah chorus. It's printed on Christmas cards and preached in sermons. I have always grasped that those names we can spout off from memory are God's names for Him. But I never stopped to ponder what those names mean for me.

Wonderful Counselor: He is a supernatural counselor, bringing words of eternal life and perfect wisdom.
Mighty God: He will have victory over evil.

Everlasting Father: He is my Father: forever guarding, supplying, and caring for my needs.

Prince of Peace: He brings peace in the fullest sense. We can know His peace now as individuals, but one day the whole world will experience it as well.

I need all of this in my life: perfect wisdom, victory over evil, someone to care for my needs, and peace in the fullest sense. He came so that I might have it. He is all these things so I can have all these things through Him. As we approach the day of celebrating His birth, may we think of who He came to be and what He came to bring to us.

I pray that you all have a blessed Christmas filled with joy and surprises... and Him.
Micah 5:4, "He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And he will be their peace."
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Sandy said...

My friends and I have been comparing Christmas songs and which are our favourites; which best explains Christmas in our own hearts. The Hallelujah Chorus has been my favourite since I was a kid. I would (and still do) play it over and over, full blast. To me, it is reason for the season. Merry Christmas.

tiggerdaisy said...

Truth has been spoken here. Truth that many of us needed to hear.

Prayers and blessings as you spend time with your family and with Jesus!


Patti said...

Thank you for TRUTH today and your encouragement! We all need this gentle reminder at this time of year and state of our country.
You have a beautiful family! I saw your oldest son in Zaxby's the other day. My neighbor owns the franchise and I was working for him. (God's surprising and always faithful resources) He's such a well mannered young man.
Hugs to you my friend - I'm praying for you and your precious family!
Merry Christmas! Patti

Lela Paden said...

Praying you have a joyous and blessed CHRISTmas.

I have been reading your blog for a while and have been so encouraged by your words. Keep up the good work and keep running your race.

Have a blessed day.

Oh Dear said...

Adorable Angel. Thanks for this!!! Have a Merry Christmas!