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25 NAMES OF CHRISTMAS – WONDERFUL COUNSELLOR


img030The daughter’s house was crazy tonight. Kids running everywhere. Food eaten more by adults than kids since they were way too busy for food. Granddaughter’s ribboned hair bounced in time to her jumps while the tiny lizard she had found earlier in the day hung on to her pink shirt for dear life. It was anything but peaceful.

Happy chaos. Needless to say, hubby and I didn’t stay long. We found ourselves sitting in a corner of her kitchen debating the pro’s and con’s of building a house vs buying a fixer-upper. When the Grandson disappeared into the herds of kids, we found ourselves talking louder and louder. We decided we needed a more peaceful spot to contemplate our future and counsel together.

“Come unto me, all of you who labor and are forced to bear burdens, and I shall give you rest.” ~Matt 11:28

It is strange. When you are used to walking the path the Father made just for you, you start to trip over debris pretty quickly when you’ve wandered into the woods by mistake. The building process has bugged both of us for awhile. Hubby hasn’t been sleeping well, and I have been restless. There have been way too many fallen logs in the path for comfortable walking. I needed more than my sturdy walking stick to keep me upright. I need a Counsellor…we need a Counsellor….a Wonderful Counsellor.

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am peaceful and meek in my heart and you will find rest for your souls.”~Matt 11:29

Since hubby wanted to ride a little bit on his motorcycle tonight, I meandered on Jesus-by-Akiane-Kramarik-768x1024the way home. Driving past one of the houses that we are considering buying, I got to look at the Advent lights. It’s been a long time since I’ve called them Advent lights, but long ago, that is what my dad called them. He told me that they were there to light the path of the Christ child as He returns to earth on Christmas bringing peace to men of good will. When I was growing up, Dad was my earthly counsellor, but on one of our last car trips together, he made sure I knew who was his Wonderful Counsellor.

“For my yoke is pleasant and my burden is light.”~Matt 28-30

This Wonderful Counsellor is preparing for His journey once again. He is bringing a break in the chaos. A gift of wisdom to those who seek to bring good will to those around them. “A peace that passeth all understanding.” A path that brings us home to His Father who has always been waiting for our Advent journey home to Him.

Tonight when I got home, I started to write this post and immediately fell asleep inimg823 my chair for about 45 minutes. That doesn’t happen to me very often. It happens to the hubby. He’ll come home and is asleep on the couch within a few minutes. But tonight, peace wraps around me like a comforter and words are calling me outside. Barefoot, I look around at the lights on the street. Whiffy clouds catch the brighter lights and reflect a pinkish glow back at me. Stars wink, and I breathe in the wonder of the warm air.

Peace is in the air and Daddy’s words are still whispering as if He was still right beside me and reading the Christmas WORD to me once again. “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

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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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