Christmas Echoes Again

Monday, January 27
Isaiah 9

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Every year at Christmastime, this verse is proclaimed. Perhaps you will hear the familiar ecstatic music of Handel’s “Messiah” echoing within you. Sway with the joy of this verse, which forever imbeds itself against every dark and malicious enemy. Meditate upon the five names given to the Messiah. Say and sing them repeatedly during the course of this day, which the Lord has made.

Verse 8 begins to describe the judgment against Israel, referred to at the beginning of this section as “Jacob.” Israel, the northern kingdom with its ten tribes, has sinfully conspired against Judah in the south. Samaria, the capital of the key tribe of Ephraim, would be destroyed.

It is said that Handel wrote the entire Messiah in three weeks, with times of ecstasy lifting him throughout. The Holy Spirit will do something wonderful for you as well, as the “Wonderful Counselor,” Christ, is born in you.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
O Wonderful counselor! v. 6
“Mighty God,” I call You, Lord v. 6
My God, Forever Father v. 6
My Jesus: the Prince of Peace v. 6

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One thought on “Christmas Echoes Again

  1. A light shines in our inner darkness, relating Isaiah 9:2 to the Johari Window.

    The Lord illumines the hidden aspects of the self. The tendency can be to shy away from seeing truths about ourselves and therefore a resistance to take responsibility. The Johari Window is a fruitful tool inviting us to come to awareness.

    The four quadrants are also referred to as rooms. Imagine going into each room, inviting the loving light of the Lord to shine on you, giving you insight into who you are. When you see sinfulness, ask the Spirit to help you avoid the pitfalls of guilt and shame, passing into the joy that awaits as repentance and forgiveness flow into each other.


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