Isa. 9:2-7 

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;

             those who lived in a land of deep darkness—

                        on them light has shined.

You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy;

they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest,

            as people exult when dividing plunder.

For the yoke of their burden,   and the bar across their shoulders,

            the rod of their oppressor,

                        you have broken as on the day of Midian.

For all the boots of the tramping warriors

            and all the garments rolled in blood

                        shall be burned as fuel for the fire.


For a child has been born for us, a son given to us;

authority rests upon his shoulders;

            and he is named Wonderful Counselor,

                        Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

His authority shall grow continually,

and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom.

            He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness

            from this time onward and forevermore.

The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.


            from Rev. Steven Smith, United Disciples of Christ Church, Charleston

            He is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…and how soon we forget.  We wake up in a bad mood.  Someone gives us a bit of disturbing news.  Something we wanted to go a certain way goes another…and we forget. 

            We forget in circumstances turned bad to seek direction from the Wonderful Counselor.  We forget when it appears that things will not get any better that we believe in a Mighty God.  We forget when something we have known like a job, a relationship or a family tradition comes to a conclusion that we believe in an Everlasting (never concluding) Father.  When situations in life get us all tensed and knotted up it is then that we often forget, that our Lord is the Prince of Peace. 

            We forget…that is why God does not.  Remember?


God of many names,

 as you are born anew to us this Advent and Christmas season,

 we remember.