“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.”
Isaiah prophesied years before Jesus’ physical birth, centuries before mere mortals could touch and see Him, millennia before our own Christmas celebrations–and it’s all come true. Before computers could read and microwaves could cook, He was. And He always will be. That reminder comes again at Christmas each year–and when the security in our lives can feel as transient as a stock market’s gains, the promise of His everlasting being is reassurance we grab onto and don’t let go.
The Everlasting Father who lives in our hearts takes on the fears and trials of this life that only feel everlasting–the jagged struggles that bounce off our raw and bleeding hearts and threaten to knock us down, shatter our focus, and leave us whimpering and beat. But unlike Isaiah’s listeners, we don’t have to wait for our Wonderful Counselor to appear. He came to earth with Christmas and stays to love us always.
We trust Jesus is alive in our hearts, we see Him in the love of His disciples, and we feel Him in the love of our family members. He is everywhere at once because we all need Him, and Christmas reminds us again that our Jesus will outlast everything–and knowing that, we know all we need to know.
Father, thank You for your everlasting Jesus and His love and grace that never end.
Help your children understand the difference between things that are everlasting and things that aren’t. Let each child name something that doesn’t last–a movie, a tummy ache, a birthday cake, a flower, a scratch or bruise–these aren’t everlasting. But a parents love and our Father’s love are, and no matter what, no matter where, Jesus lives and loves us forever.