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Devotion – December 1, 2016

On Wednesday, November 30, we began our three Mid-week Advent services with 20 minutes of reflection, song, scripture, and prayer. I was the first pastor to provide the message, and I used Isaiah 9:2-6 as the basis for my talk.

It’s a familiar passage and ends with the well-known names for Christ: “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” I used the NIV as the translation for my message, but while I was preparing, I looked again at the King James Version to see the comma I remembered seeing several years ago.

KVJ adds a comma between Wonderful and Counselor so that verse 6 reads: “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” That means one of the names for Christ is Wonderful.

Can we call Jesus Christ the name Wonderful?

Yes, I believe so. Let’s consider that further. Wonderful means marvelous, amazing, great, excellent, or fine. Wonderful means something that is full of wonder. Wonder means a person, thing, or event that causes astonishment and admiration. It also describes the feeling of surprise and awe. Wonder can describe a certain moment like a miracle, and wonder can define our thinking about the meaning of something wonderful like love.

I hope my ability to wonder during this Advent season gets sparked! Sometimes the burden and responsibility of church work shadows my celebration of the birth of Jesus. He is wonderful and I desire to experience the Savior in a sincere way this Christmas.

Recently, a friend shared Romans 12:12 with me: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Thus, I have a suggestion for myself and you as well: Take some time this Advent to consider the wonder of joy and hope; take some time this Advent to think about the wonder of God’s patience for us; take some time this Advent to reflect about the wonder of prayer.

Eternal Father in heaven:  Make us mindful about Jesus Christ this Advent. He is wonderful and we desire to honor him with our time and thoughts. Amen.

With the love of Christ!

Bob Bardeen

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