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December 23, 2021 7:00 pm
When John’s cold turned into pneumonia, he ended up in the hospital. At the same time, his mother was being treated for cancer a few floors above him, and he felt overwhelmed with worries about her and about his own health. Then on Christmas Eve, when the radio played the carol “O Holy Night,” John was flooded with a deep sense of God’s peace. He listened to the words about it being the night of the dear Savior’s birth: “A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!” In that moment, his worries about himself and his mother vanished.
This “dear Savior” born to us, Jesus, is the “Prince of Peace,” as Isaiah prophesied (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus fulfilled this prophecy when He came to earth as a baby, bringing light and salvation to “those living in the land of the shadow of death” (Matthew 4:16, quoting Isaiah 9:2). He embodies and gives peace to those He loves, even when they face hardship and death.
There in the hospital, John experienced this peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7) as he pondered the birth of Jesus. This encounter with God strengthened his faith and sense of gratitude as he lay in that sterile room away from his family at Christmas. May we too receive God’s gift of peace and hope.
Merry Christmas and thanks for joining us for today's reading from the Our Daily Bread devotional Amy Boucher pilot. Today's encouragement and she titled it the Prince of peace.
When John's cold turned into pneumonia ended up in the hospital. At the same time. His mother was being treated for cancer a few floors above him and he felt overwhelmed with worries about her and about his own health.
Then on Christmas Eve when the radio played the Carol O holy night, John was flooded with a deep sense of God's peace. He listened to the words about it being the night of the dear Savior's birth thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn in that moment, his worries about himself and his mother vanished this dear Savior born to us. Jesus is the Prince of peace. As Isaiah prophesied Jesus fulfill this prophecy. When he came to earth as a baby bringing light and salvation to as Matthew chapter 4 puts it, those living in the land of the shadow of death, he embodies and gives peace to those he loves, even when they face hardship and death there in the hospital. John experience the peace that passes all understanding. As he pondered the birth of Jesus. This encounter with God strengthen his faith and sense of gratitude as he lay in that sterile room away from his family at Christmas. May we need to receive God's gift of peace and hope today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Isaiah chapter 9 verses one through seven.
Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past, he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of NAFTA lie but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, the people walking in darkness have seen a great light on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increase their joy.
They rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder for as in the day of Midian's defeat. You have shattered the yoke that burdens them the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.
Every warriors boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destine for burning will be fuel for the fire 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 of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.
He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. Let's pray God of peace and were anxious and worried about many things, help us to turn to you and to receive your gift of peace.
Thank you, Lord. It's in Jesus name we pray. Amen. Thanks for listening today I'm Rachelle Traub and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries