Pastor's Update 

December 2018


And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
                                                                                                                                  —Isaiah 9:6 

Dear Families and Friends of Living Savior,

It is always interesting to see a young family go through the exciting journey of naming their child.  Should they name their child after a family member from the past?  Or should they strike out on a new path and pick something fresh and bold?  Some will have that name in mind months before their child’s arrival, while still others will wait until the very last moment.  And yet each name has real meaning to the new parents and has been carefully chosen.

Once again, this Christmas, we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, the promised Messiah of Old.  And even before the shepherds knelt before their King of Kings, Isaiah had shared with the world hand-picked names for this baby boy, each deeply appropriate and carefully chosen.

One name Isaiah shares with us some 700 years prior to our Savior’s birth is “Wonderful Counselor.”   A most appropriate name as his wise council is more wonderful than any other.  His advice never lacks, is truthful and to the point.  To the one burdened by sin he assures them, “Your sins are forgiven.”  To the weary he encourages, “Cast all your care on me…”  To the sorrowful or lonely, “Let not your heart be troubled…”  Through all our wrestling and agonies of this life, he lovingly whispers his comfort and peace, his hope into our hearts and lives.

“Mighty God” is another name Isaiah gave him.  He is our rock and fortress.  He is our shield and defender.  He calms our storms and heals our bodies and souls.  The humble child of Bethlehem would be our ultimate defender as he journeyed to the cross to pay for our sins and triumphantly rise as victor, “Because I live, you also will live!”

In his name, “Everlasting Father,” we see tenderness, love and comfort.  He doesn’t stand aloof.  He listens and understands.  He provides what is best for us.  He solves our problems—if we would let him.  He’s with us as we walk through life to our glorious home in heaven.

The final name Isaiah had set aside is perhaps the finest, “Prince of Peace.”  It is not the peace that the world desires, a peace that is only fleeting and quickly evaporates.  But the peace this child brings is the peace which our Lord offers to us.  This is the type of peace that floods our hearts to overflowing gratitude, because in it we recognize that God truly is our friend and not the dreaded enemy our sinful flesh hauntingly describes.  Heaven is our home, a peaceful place he has already prepared for us, a mansion with a banquet feast awaiting.  Even in our most anxious times, darkest moments, his offer of everlasting peace enables us to live life’s journey unafraid.

Remember those rich names Isaiah carefully chose—Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace!  Then this very Christmas, as we kneel before his manger, may the wonderful meanings of those names come alive within our hearts and minds—not just this season, but every day of our lives!

Enjoy Isaiah’s gift!  Treasure it!  Share it!
Merry Christmas and a Most Blessed New Year!