A Father Of Peace


Posted on January 2nd, by Bloomington First Church in Pastor's Connection, Uncategorized. Comments Off on A Father Of Peace

The third and fourth descriptive names for Messiah in Isaiah 9:6b are relational. They speak to God’s presence as our eternal Father and Author of peace. As I ponder that thought, I reflect on my own childhood and the role my dad played in our family as provider, protector, teacher, disciplinarian, encourager, example in spiritual growth and peace-maker…especially when the “more than occasional” fight broke out between my brother, sisters and me. (As I recall, they usually were the instigators!) “My dad could beat up your dad” and he could build just about anything with some bailing twine, duct tape, electrical wire and a battery. He was, and will always be, my greatest influence. I am who I am today, in large part, because of my father. NOW if an earthly father can have that kind of influence in our lives, just think how an everlasting Father…always present, always powerful, always knowing and always bringing perfect peace, can transform our lives to help bring “the kingdom on earth as it is in heaven” and prepare us to live with Him in eternity? The eternal Father of Peace living in us and through us is one of the greatest reasons for celebration this Christmas season. Any relationship we hope to cultivate here on earth is enhanced by the relationship we have with our Everlasting Father. And any real peace we can help foster in time of conflict comes from the Prince of Peace. Let’s not simply acknowledge Messiah’s names, but allow His presence to so pervasively influence us that we become the Christ followers He wants us to be, thus who we are becoming today. Christmas blessings as we approach Jesus’ birthday celebration! Hope to see you at our Christmas Eve service this Sunday at 10am. ~ PB





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