MONDAY, DECEMBER 24                       ISAIAH 9:2-7                                 DENISE FOLEY
2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. On those living in a pitch-dark land, light has dawned. 3 You have
made the nation great; you have increased its joy. They rejoiced before you as with joy at the harvest, as those who divide
plunder rejoice. 4 As on the day of Midian, you’ve shattered the yoke that burdened them, the staff on their shoulders, and the
rod of their oppressor. 5 Because every boot of the thundering warriors, and every garment rolled in blood will be burned,
fuel for the fire. 6 A child is born to us, a son is given to us, and authority will be on his shoulders. He will be named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. 7 There will be vast authority and endless peace for David’s
throne and for his kingdom, establishing and sustaining it with justice and righteousness now and forever. The zeal of the
LORD of heavenly forces will do this. 

I was about 12 years old when my parents received a box of record albums from a friend. As a present, they let me go through and pick out what I wanted. My favorite was Handel’s “Messiah.” I listened to “Halleluiah” and “For Unto Us a Child is Born”
over and over and over. I would pick up the needle, and place it back down where I wanted to listen specifically. I would
listen and write the words down. The back of the album cover had the names of the songs, and references such as “Isaiah 9: 6.”
I would lie on the floor, listening to the music, and reading the passages from the Bible as it played. I can still remember the
feeling of excitement and discovery, of “Wow, this is God’s Words.”

The Word of God is a wonderful present for us to be able to enjoy throughout the year. Whether it’s reading about the prophecy
of a “Child to be born unto us,” or about the fulfillment of that prophecy in the Nativity Story, we can still lose ourselves in the
excitement of, ‘Wow, this is God’s Word.”

Prayer: For the wonder and excitement found in God’s words.