by: Pocatello-Chubbuck Observer Columnist Barb Lissow

December 7, 2020

Christmas Blessings

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given …. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

Pocatello-Chubbuck Observer Columnist Barb Lissow

Isaiah chapter 9, verse 6, is one of my favorite verses from the Bible, and it is one we mostly read and hear during Advent.  It sings of comfort, trust, and promise, and blesses my heart with some of the Biblical names of our awesome Triune God!  In Christian author Anita Donihue’s book, “When I’m Praising God,” she devotes many pages to prayer and praise of the names of God.  I especially found her style of breaking down the words of Isaiah 9:6 into prayers of inspiration to be of comfort, and I lovingly share her words with you:


Your wonders, precious Jesus, are greater than we can comprehend:  the mysteries of Your creation, Lord, from the magnificent galaxies to the most delicate features of the smallest insect on Earth…all are astounding!  Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.  Psalm 107:8


Through You, Holy Spirit, we can have wisdom and direction.  Your Word gives us Your light to shine to the lost world, and it brightens our paths to keep us from stumbling.  You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.  Psalm 73:24

Mighty God

Please accept our worship and praise, mighty God.  All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name.  For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.  Psalm 86:9-10.  How mighty are Your ways; Your power works in each person who loves You.  To you, Mighty God, be power and glory forever!

Everlasting Father

Thank You, Father God, for blessing us with the promise of your eternal love through Your Son, Jesus Christ!  We can trust in You in all the things, good and bad, that happen in our lives.  Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.  Amen and Amen.  Psalm 41:13.

Prince of Peace

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for being the one and only Savior.  Thank you for bringing peace in the midst of chaos, fear, uncertainty.  You give an indescribable joy and love that passes the understanding of our finite minds, a love that you command us to share with the lost. …the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.  Numbers 6:26

May the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace bring you overflowing Christmas blessings.  Merry Christmas!

Your sister in Christ’s love,

Barb Lissow

Zion Lutheran Church, Burley, Idaho


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