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Isaiah 9:2-7 (NIV)              Isaiah 9:2-7 (The Message)

I realize, as I remember Christmas’s past that although I scheduled this devotion for 6 a.m., some of you with little children may have awakened before 6 a.m.  God bless you!  Some day you will long for these days.  Now for the devotion.

It’s Christmas Day!  It’s a day to always remember that God is For Us, For the World, For the Light, Love, and Life that Christ Jesus brings!  God is For Us, Always!  God entered earth to begin the makeover of all the world into what brings peace, wholeness, grace and so much more.

“For a child has been born—for us!
the gift of a son—for us!
He’ll take over
the running of the world.
His names will be: Amazing Counselor,
Strong God,
Eternal Father,
Prince of Wholeness.
His ruling authority will grow,
and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings.”  (The Message)

Perhaps you prefer the more traditional language of the NIV translation.

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.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.

That’s great news!  Celebrate the Savior’s birth this day. Live in joy, hold on to hope, and rejoice with the Angels.  “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord…

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

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