"...and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
Tonight's Advent Bible reading was from Isaiah 9:1-7, and once again, God's word speaks directly to our needs. We are relying on our Savior heavily as the Prince of Peace tonight.
Four out of five kids succumbed to one degree or another to a cold over Thanksgiving break. Because of Daniel's age and the fact he has been sick the longest, and because of Alan's suppressed immune system, we decided those two needed to see the doctor this morning.
Daniel checked out just fine, but we learned that Alan has pneumonia in one lung.
We are now concerned for all of the children, as fevers and coughs are still coming and going, and especially for Alan, since his body just doesn't have as much to fight with as the others. He is on antibiotics and being watched closely from all angles!
With the time spent visiting the doctor and taking temps and giving meds and making sure the house is ready for whatever coming and going may be done, we did absolutely zero trimmings of Christmas today.
And yet, "Christmas" is just as real, just as relevant as ever. The baby in the manger wasn't just a baby. He was God in the flesh. He has experienced our heartaches. He is the mighty God who conquered death and sin and lives again today. He is the Prince of Peace.
He is our Prince of Peace.