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Monday, December 9, 2013

Today’s Reading | Isaiah 9:6–7

For a child has been born for us,
     a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
     and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
     Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His authority shall grow continually,
     and there shall be endless peace
for the throne of David and his kingdom.
     He will establish and uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
     from this time onward and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. (NRSV)


The fourth- and fifth-grade Sunday School kids have spent all fall learning about David’s ups and downs. For example, an “up” was that David defeated Goliath and saved the townspeople. An example of “down” was the “Bathsheba and Uriah incident” as Katie and Emily refer to it. The Israelites in David’s kingdom trusted David to rule them since he was such a great warrior, but he betrayed them. They must have felt let down when their role model failed them.

In 2013, we similarly feel let down by public figures we look up to—like sports players who we later learn cheated to win, like young pop stars we idolized who later lost their way as they grew up, and like our country’s leaders who sometimes struggle with keeping the people’s best interests in mind. This Bible passage reminds us that when we are struggling to find the right role models, as David’s people were, we can put our hope and trust in Jesus—someone who will bring peace, justice, and righteousness now and forever.


Dear God, please help me remember that Jesus is the role model I can trust. Amen.

Written by Kevin, Kim, Katie, and Emily Reome, Fourth Church family

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