The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Isaiah 9:2,6,7

At Christmas we reflect upon a child who was born to bring hope to a world filled with hopelessness, to bring light to a world of darkness, to bring peace to a world of trouble.

One who does not sense the hopeless despair that fills humanity is proof that they themselves are struggling, groping in the dark, In a world filled with wars, displaced people, famines, poverty, pandemics, disease, depression, injuries, cruelty, murder, thieving, dishonesty, extreme weather events, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and ultimately death we must ask – Where is the light and where is the hope?

With the passing of time are we not learning increasingly that the darkness is encroaching, it’s menace increases and we are powerless to prevent its spread? Science, politics and philosophy, not even religion can halt its spread and bring light, peace and hope to our troubled world.

Isaiah saw the light for a people like us who walked in darkness. This light would dawn, however, through a child born, who was also a son given. He would have a stupendous array of titles: “Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”.

As Mary cradled the infant in her arms the child had been born but it was God who gave His Son to be our light in the midst of our darkness.

Of all the amazing titles this child was bestowed with, perhaps “Counsellor” is the most relevant. Counsellors are a profession designed to bring us insight, comfort and understanding. Some are good using biblical principles while others are poor using secular godless standards in their applications. But there is no counsellor equivalent to Jesus Christ.

He has empathy and understanding which none can match. He came to counsel us, to guide us, to bring light.

Is your ear open to his word?

Are you listening to His voice?

Have you seen His light?

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