All I want for Christmas . . . is hope. You too?
It doesn’t seem reasonable to look back to the ancient pages of Isaiah to find hope for today . . . but I do. Isaiah’s connection to the story of Jesus is all over Advent.
For a child shall be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
The prophet of new beginnings gives me hope at the end of a very difficult year because the weight of glory rests within the names to bring fresh hope.
I read the first few of the 66 chapters and can be overcome by woes. A little like reading the headlines of today. Same nations – same troubles. But, Isaiah strings holy words of hope together to tell a tangled world there can be a confident expectation – one of restoration, renewal and comfort.
And it’s still the Messiah, over 2700 years later, who first came to Bethlehem earth with a prophecy, a star and a song, gifts and kneeling.
So, was nothing changed by Christmas and Easter?
Everything was – Christmas is not Christmas without the message of the resurrection.
Immanuel, God is with us. The comfort within a difficult year.
So, may the breath of heaven cover you and the coming year. I thank each one of you for your continued concern, emails and kind comments. Thank you for taking the time this year to visit Encouraging Women One Story at a Time!