William H. Neidlinger, 1863-1924

For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

More than 2,500 years ago, the prophet Isaiah told of someone Who would be the hope of all mankind, the long-awaited Messiah Who would establish an eternal kingdom based on justice and righteousness. Isaiah's important pronouncement told that this miracle Child would be a God-man: a child born--His humanity; a Son given--His deity. The quintuplet of names ascribed to this miracle Child gives further insight into His character and ministry:

* Wonderful--He would be wonderful in what He would accomplish for the fallen human race.
* Counselor--He would be our guide through life, and our advocate before the heavenly Father.
* The Mighty God--He would be the God before Whom every knee shall one day bow.
* The Everlasting Father--He would be the God of eternity.
* The Prince of Peace--He would be the One Who would ultimately bring a true tranquility among all nations.

William H. Neidlinger, born in Brooklyn, New York in 1863, became a church organist in New York City as an adult. In 1898, he traveled to London and Paris to study music. He returned to America in 1901, settling in Chicago, then founded a school in East Orange, New Jersey. He edited numerous song books, especially for children, and was known as a music theorist and educator.

In the little village of Bethlehem,
There lay a Child one day;
And the sky was bright with a holy light
O’er the place where Jesus lay.
Alleluia! O how the angels sang.
Alleluia! How it rang!
And the sky was bright with a holy light
’Twas the birthday of a King.

’Twas a humble birthplace, but O how much
God gave to us that day,
From the manger bed what a path has led,
What a perfect, holy way.
Alleluia! O how the angels sang.
Alleluia! How it rang!
And the sky was bright with a holy light
’Twas the birthday of a King.

*For Today*: Psalm 72:19; Proverbs 18:10, 22:1; John 1:12; Acts 4:12; Philippians 2:9 & 10

The more intimately we know the "child-Son", the deeper grows our love and devotion for Him. Worship Him even now and throughout the day with the singing of this song.

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Portions from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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