From the Mouth of Babes

Posted By on Dec 16, 2015 | 3 comments

We were returning from a church service near Dallas (Matt Chandler’s church called The Village Church) the Sunday after Thanksgiving when our 8-year-old granddaughter Abigail began reciting the Bible verse she had learned in Sunday School that morning. From memory she declared:

“For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given…And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6”

After hearing her articulate expression of what Christmas is all about, I thought to myself—there is hope in the world after all! From the mouth of babes, we adults in the car were awakened to the presence and power of God who comes to us in the person of Jesus.

Her father then said, “Did you know, Abigail, that this verse was the inspiration of a famous song written by a musician named Handel called Handel’s Messiah. And with that, Nathan found the song on his I-Phone and played that masterpiece on our way to a Texas B-B-Q. In that moment, we all found ourselves immersed in the mystery and majesty of who God is—our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

For Reflection: What do each of those identities of God mean to you, and think about the hope this brings to your life and to our world? And then, may I suggest that you crank up this song from Handel’s Messiah to help you refocus on the profound significance of this beautiful season. (And if that doesn’t work, go and ask a child about it!)


  1. Just to remind you, Handel wrote that entire work in just 23 days. It takes over 3 1/2 hours to sing from cover to cover.Every musician should go to a sing along Messiah every year to worship and prepare for the Christmas season.There’s no better way for me.

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  2. Just want to say that is my second most-favorite church in the USA, besides CrossWinds. 😉 The Village is amazing.

    The four identities of God that you mention all speak to me in different moments of my life; He’s my Wonderful Counselor to which I rely when times are tough, the Might God I seek wisdom from when I’m lost, the Everlasting Father who is by my side for eternity, and the Prince of Peace when my world seems chaotic and full of worldly noise.

    Thanks, Pastor John, for the reflection. Merry Christmas!

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    • Brie I need you to write some blogs for me! Thanks for sharing what those God-Identifiers mean to you personally–very meaningful. John

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