Hope and Peace for a Holy Day – Not Just a Holiday
The line snaked around the inside of the building. Angry voices raised in protest as people jostled to maintain their spot. An argument broke out over a popular toy down one of the aisles.
Music blared overhead, and I stopped as I heard the words of the John Lennon song, “So this is Christmas.” I deeply sighed as I realized this is what Christmas has become for so many of us.
All of it now dominates this season of joy.
What happened to change our hearts from celebrating Christmas as a sacred event into a commercialized experience?
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6 NIV
Isaiah prophesies about the birth of Jesus in this verse, and his words hold such beauty within them. They offer a glimpse of the real meaning of Christmas.
Christ will be called –
These words provide such a contrast from the chaotic holiday season we experience today.
Read the verse again – does calmness settles over you? Do you sense a change in your spirit?
Christ offers hope and peace for a Holy Day instead of just a holiday.
The Wonderful Counselor
This descriptive term echoes a peacefulness, which is lacking in our Christmas season today. My vision of a wonderful counselor sees a loving God sitting next to me as He listens with a caring heart. His presence offers comfort. This babe in the manager will be the eternal hope as His wisdom guides our steps on the path of life.
“This also comes from the LORD of hosts; he is wonderful in
counsel and excellent in wisdom.”
Isaiah 28:29 ESV