by Steve Wagers

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The Lovely Name That Gives Us Comfort! (4 of 4)
Steve N. Wagers
Isaiah 9:6, 26:3

1. It comes as no surprise to anyone that our day is one that is constantly searching for peace. It seeks peace in the political, economic, and social arenas of life, but, sad to say, it finds little peace.

2. It is interesting that in a total of 3530 years of recorded civilization, only 286 years have been spent without war, someplace on the globe. Yet, during that same period, 8000 peace treaties have been signed. Someone described it well:"Peace is the brief, glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading!"

3. I think of the situation in the Middle East. A battle is being fought there that originated in Genesis 16 in the birth of a man by the name of Ishmael. Ever since that moment, the Arabs and the Jews have been at war. And, regardless of who is sent to be a mediator, or arbitrator, or a peacekeeper, there will be no peace. Their only hope for peace is the Prince of Peace, and sad to say, many do not realize it.

4. I think of a Nigerian woman who is a physician at a great hospital in the United States. She once introduced herself using an American name. Someone asked her, "What's your African name?" She immediately gave it and it included several long syllables with a musical sound to it. The person then asked, "What does the name mean?" She answered; "It means 'Child who takes the anger away."

5. The person then inquired as to why she would have been given this name. She explained it by saying, "My parents had been forbidden by their parents to marry. But they loved each other so much that they defied the family opinions and married anyway. For several years they were ostracized from both their families. Then, my mother became pregnant with me. And when the grandparents held me in their arms for the first time, the walls of hostility came down. I became the one who swept the anger away. And that's the name my mother and father g ...

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