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.