The New Year came creeping in quietly at the Andrews' home. Johnny's breathing was steady long before midnight. I continued my quest of undecorating the house. The quest continues... and gives me plenty of time to ponder...
Earlier today (actually, yesterday, now), I was at the office choosing a color page for our precious little ones to use during the worship service. I chose a drawing of baby Jesus. The Bible verse written at the bottom of the page is from Isaiah 9:6
"For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
He is surely the Wonderful Counselor; He will see us through every difficult, hurting, confusing time in this new year, guiding our every step if we look to Him in His Word. He is the Mighty God; even the wind and waves obey His voice; He can be trusted to carry us through our most treacherous, heart-wrenching journey. He is the Everlasting Father; He has loved us with an everlasting love, from eternity past through eternity before us, that cannot be broken, ever drawing us closer to Himself. He is the Prince of Peace; though our world will be rocked by uncertainty, doubt, and broken worldly promises, we have the promise of peace that transcends our understanding when we lift our brokeness to Him in prayer. The government is on His shoulders. Not ours. He is the One in charge. He alone has the qualifications.
Because of the Child born to us, we have Hope for today. Hope for 2012. Real Hope. Happy New Year.