23 December 2013

and he will be called

  For a child is born to us,
    a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
    And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.


This year....it's been rough.
Beautiful and glorious? Yes.
But also, maybe, the hardest yet.
And it is still dark.
Wonderful Counselor?
There were so many times when I didn't know what to say,
couldn't even find words to acknowledge.
So many times when I didn't know what to do.
In the desert canyons this summer, I read Isaiah 30:20-22.
Though the Lord gave you adversity for food
    and suffering for drink,
he will still be with you to teach you.
    You will see your teacher with your own eyes.
Your own ears will hear him.
    Right behind you a voice will say,
“This is the way you should go,”
    whether to the right or to the left.
 Then you will destroy all your silver idols
    and your precious gold images.
You will throw them out like filthy rags,
    saying to them, “Good riddance!”
The way is hard to find,
but it's there.
Mighty God?
It's not that we don't know He is....
but sometimes you get so tired of waiting for Him to step in and save the day.
But in my distress I cried out to the Lord;
    yes, I prayed to my God for help.
He heard me from his sanctuary;
    my cry to him reached his ears.
Then the earth quaked and trembled.
    The foundations of the mountains shook;
He rescued me from my powerful enemies,
    from those who hated me and were too strong for me.
They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress,
    but the Lord supported me.
 He led me to a place of safety;
    he rescued me because he delights in me.
Psalm 18:6-7, 16-19
Everlasting Father.....
God of the universe?
Jesus teaches us to pray;
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
 and forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
Prince of Peace.
If I were to pick a word for this year,
the year of the whirlwind,
it would be Peace.
The year was not one of peace all around,
but it was one of learning to find peace inside.
To  hide in His Shadow, and watch the storm outside.
There was so much that slipped through my fingers,
so much that fell crashing down,
and there was so much peace.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility
Ephesians 13:13-15
Him and Him alone.
All glory to God, who truly is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.
We are nothing without that.

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