Words from the Heart for Saturday December 24th, 2016
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)
The Prophecy of Jesus’ Birth
Christmas reminds us that the greatest display of power is seen in God becoming human in order to lead us to the wisdom that brings new life and restoration. Pray through each of these names ascribed to Christ and ask the Lord to work His wisdom, power, care, and restoration in our world this Christmas season.
Now that winter has officially started, it’s a good time to look ahead to see what kind of winter weather has been predicted for Canada. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, exceptionally cold –if not downright frigid– winter weather will predominate over parts of the Rockies, Prairies, Great Lakes, Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritime Provinces. Newfoundland and Labrador are expected to be cold and flaky. In contrast, milder-than-normal temperatures will prevail over British Columbia. You should note that between February 16-19, a small, but intense storm will develop near the Mid-Atlantic Coast of the U.S. and deliver a heavy snowstorm with strong winds to parts of Nova Scotia with up to 30 cm accumulations. The Canadian Farmers’ Almanac is also forecasting an extreme spell of cold weather over the eastern three-quarters of Canada during mid-February.
It is Christmas Eve. One of the most wonderful days of the year. It is busy for many of us – getting last minute arrangements made for the celebrations of Christmas Day. Last minute shopping for gifts and food. Wrapping gifts, making sure the lights are all working inside and out. Can I encourage you to take a few minutes of quiet today? With all the last minute preparations, please don’t forget to prepare spiritually for all that God has in store over the next two or three days. There will be time for church services and these are lovely. But there is more. Christmas is a time for personal renewal as we consider the fact that it is not complete until the One born in a manger so many years ago has found a place of residence in the hearts and lives of those who are his followers. Isaiah 9:6 says this: “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.” To US a son is given. What a profound mystery this is. Jesus is a gift for me, for you. Today you may buy gifts, wrap gifts and put gifts under the tree. But what about the greatest gift? What have you done with Jesus today? Is He your wonderful counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace?
These have been words from the heart.