I took this photo last December at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Being surrounded by all the twinkling lights on the garden pathways was a holiday mood inducer that made the Christmas season very festive. They also had the Twelve Days of Christmas Exhibits and I took many pictures of those but they did not turn out very well-although I am including one of the exhibits below. But this festive picture of the lit trees is one I enjoy a lot. And I knew I would want to use it somehow with a Christmas post here at Devotions from the Heart.
I decided to add this verse when I read it last year during the days leading up to Christmas while studying the Old Testament scriptures foretelling the coming of Jesus Christ.
Almost every time I read this verse in Isaiah, I remember learning to sing Handel’s Messiah in the choir of the small Christian college I attended in the late 1970’s. That memory has also helped tuck the phrases of this verse into my heart and mind. These descriptive phrases tell us more about this child who was born to us on Christmas day.
Each time I read it, I like to focus on one of the phrases that describe who we are reading about in Isaiah 9:6
Today, as I quietly contemplate this verse again, and as I am reminded that God came to us a child, I recognize and acknowledge this child is Mighty God.
It was God’s Mighty power that brought Him to earth through a virgin birth, and was the same power that saw Jesus work miracles healing the sick, feed thousands from a few loaves of bread and two fish, and the same Mighty power with which He calmed the seas and walked on water.
This child is our Mighty God!
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Seven Swans A-Swimming from the Twelve Days of Christmas Exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.