Isaiah 9: 6, ESV
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
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from the English Standard Bible
Why am I sharing a Bible passage about Christmas in July? Not because stores may already be selling Christmas decorations.
This selection was read on Daily Audio Bible (DAB) recently. I told you about DAB before and hope you’ve been listening to it with me daily or as often as possible.
I listen to the chronological version, meaning the text is read in the order it happened or was written, rather than the order the books are arranged in the Bible.
More info about DAB is in this previous post.
DAB is free and you can download on the App Store
George Frideric Handel and Messiah
George Frideric Handel used this scripture from Isaiah in his famous work, Messiah, first performed in 1742, performed or heard by millions of people since then.
Although it’s usually performed at Christmas, Handel wrote it for Easter.
Handel’s father was a barber-surgeon. Barber-surgeons were physicians in medieval Europe, who as the name suggests performed surgery, often treating wounds from war injuries. Eventually, surgery and barbery became separate occupations.
When is “Christmas” for you?
Do you plan for Christmas year round, or wait til the week before? What does Christmas mean to you?
Thanks for exploring the Bible, Christmas, and the HEART of health with me.
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