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25 NAMES OF CHRISTMAS – PRINCE OF PEACE

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“For a Child hath been born to us, A Son hath been given to us, And the princely power is on his shoulder, And He doth call his name Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace.” ~Is 9:6

You have to love Isaiah.  When he gives a prophecy about a child being born in Israel – he gets excited.  One name is not enough.  He hints at the Trinity before the Trinity was given a name.  Father and Son wrapped so closely together that they are one in the same. Two for the price of One. A gift to a stiff-necked, stubborn people.

  • Wonderful.
  • Mighty.
  • Eternity.
  • Peace.

Unlike Simeon who prayed and waited – year after year – to see the birth of salvation, we are still a stubbon, stiff-necked people who prize our intelligence over the wisdom that has been waiting just outside our doors.  I like seeing what is going on in my social media group of friends.  I don’t like seeing the dissension that is arising between family members, friends, races, cultures – evil that is rippling in and out of the spiritual dimensions into the physical.

simeonI used this carol earlier in these devotionals, but it is appropriate here as well.  I long for the Prince of Peace to return. Charles Wesley wrote a powerful Christmas carol.  Hark the Herald Angels Sing.  The last verse of this song has always resonated within me, but it especially resonates this Christmas…

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings;
Mild, he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth:
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King.

Words: Charles Wesley (1707-88), George Whitfield (1714-70),

Since I am basically a lazy person, I looked up the lyrics of this carol so I could just copy and paste instead of typing them word by word.  I didn’t realize that originally there had been more verses to this song..  Thought maybe some of you might find this as interesting as I did.  These four verses no longer appear in the song and yet – fit our world so perfectly as I pray.

Come, desire of nations, come,
Fix in us thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conquering seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.

Now display thy saving power,
Ruin’d nature now restore;
Now in mystic union join
Thine to ours, and ours to thine.

Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface,
Stamp thy image in its place.
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in thy love.

Let us thee, though lost, regain,
Thee, the life, the inner man:
O, to all thyself impart,
Form’d in each believing heart.

Somehow tonight those last four verses circle round in my prayers over and over. We need the Prince of Peace in our world more than we know.

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5 of 7: JOY

Loudonville nativity5 of 7: JOY. “These things have I spoken unto you, that my JOY might remain in you, and that your JOY might be full.” Jn 15:11

Sometimes, God just up and surprises me. Was deep down feeling sorry for myself tonight. Couldn’t figure out just how I was supposed to write about JOY when I really didn’t feel much JOY. Then He just flings a little miracle my way and suddenly, the soul is dancing, and I’m trying to kick that depression demon to the curb. Love when that happens.

“The disciples were filled with JOY with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 13:52

All it took was a picture. A picture from my childhood. Once (like all small towns and large cities of America) nativities were erected around this time of the year. Ours stood in the central park. It wasn’t the traditional nativity with a stable or many characters. To me, it was perfect – stately, simple and spiritual. I loved it and missed it when it was gone. Today, our local museum posted a picture of it, and the JOY of walking past it every day as I walked home from school came rushing back.

“And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting JOY upon their heads: they shall obtain JOY and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” Is 35:10

Do you realize that JOY is mentioned 422 times in the Bible (give or take a couple depending on the translation)? I love that God is constantly in our face – reminding us that JOY is always there. Yeah – in this world we are attacked emotionally, physically and spiritually. Founder of the Methodist church/evangelist, John Wesley, described these types of attacks daily in his writings. Once, it was reported that he went on a 3 day fast and prayer retreat when he hadn’t been critized enough.He believed that he would grow more spiritually and in wisdom when he was challenged in his faith . His JOY was trying to live his life spreading the JOY of Jesus Christ.

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great JOY, which shall be to all people.” Lk 2:10

Christmas break is here. Time to: Finish onE last Christmas stocking for the Grands. Send Christmas cards. Relax with the piano a little. Spend time talking with loved ones. Read an old book. Play with the dogs. Sit down and wait with JOY for the day of the LORD is almost at hand.

“Therefore you now have sorrow, but I will see you again, and your heart will REJOICE, and no one will take your JOY away from you.” Jn 16:22