“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. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” Isaiah 9:6-7

What was the last thing you anticipated? Was it the birth of a child or grandchild, new home, or a new job? These are all great things to anticipate, but could you imagine anticipating the arrival of the Messiah? Even the Father anticipated this arrival, so much so that He sent out the birth announcement hundreds of years before the birth. What if we anticipated the celebration of Christ’s birth as much now as those living in those days did then? What if we anticipated this birthday celebration as much as God did here in Isaiah? We are excited about family gatherings, special church services, and children’s reactions on Christmas morning. These are all a part of this special time of year, but is this all we are celebrating? With a newborn, I am just as guilty as anyone to get caught up in the worldly traditions associated with Christmas. My prayer is that I do not miss the teaching moments that come with all of the wrappings and lights. Let us celebrate our Savior’s birth and let the greatest gift we give be the love, grace, and mercy associated with it. 

Have a blessed week, Brian, Mary, Brylee, Holland Funderburk