Welcome to the Good Word for You Today!
The Scripture Readings – Isaiah 9:6-7
6 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.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end. 
Of all the prophecies that foretell of the coming of the Christ, Isaiah’s proclamation is perhaps the most beloved. The language soars, and so does the spirit when you think of God’s promise!
And yet, Isaiah proclaimed the promise more than 700 years before Jesus was born. What a long time to wait.
Waiting doesn’t come easy to many of us, especially me. If you are impatient by nature you want things to happen, right now. Frankly, God’s timeline doesn’t always match mine and I find myself wishing that God would be a little more accommodating.
With time I have discovered that God uses time to prepare our hearts for His blessing, if our impatience doesn’t blind us to His work. So often I lose sight of the miracles of the moments because I'm so focused on the miracle of the future. It may not be easy, but counting the days till Christmas teaches us to savor this day in anticipation of God inevitable blessings.
Prayer: “Today, Lord, teach me to mind the time, to count the moments and savor the blessings of each day in anticipation of the best that is yet to come. In Christ, Amen.
 The New International Version. (2011). (Is 9:6–7). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.