6 "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. 7 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."
Light of Christ
by Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.
If you have ever been to a candlelight service at church, perhaps on Christmas Eve, you have experienced the powerful feelings of community and hope as a single flame multiplies across the sanctuary to become a bright illumination of many faces.
As Christians, we are likewise called to share the power of hope both within our communities of faith and throughout the surrounding world, dedicating ourselves to the establishment of the Kingdom of God and a Christ-like compassion for one another.
The world today needs the light of Christ. We need the hope of salvation in Jesus, and during Advent we turn our faces toward the Star of Bethlehem in anticipation of Christ’s transformational presence in our lives. As Isaiah 9:6 states, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.”
As a Christian institution of higher learning dedicated to service and leadership, Baylor University is dedicated to fulfilling the gift of Christ’s love. This season of Advent reminds us of our institutional roots as a university called to serve the church (Pro Ecclesia) and inspires us to serve the broken world surrounding us (Pro Texana) with renewed zeal.
Holy Scripture has always served as a dependable lighthouse to our family, guiding Brad, Shelby, and me through any times of dark uncertainty toward safe harbor as well as standing tall as an inspiring presence during our days of thanksgiving. The Word of God has been an irreplaceable source of strength and joy in my life.
When I read Isaiah 9:6-7, I am filled with a powerful appreciation of the many aspects of God’s love and omnipotence. Indeed, as the Scripture reminds us, our Savior has several names — “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” — and there is no end to what his greatness can do. He has changed my life forever, filling me with awe at the “zeal of the Lord Almighty.”
My hope is that this Advent will be especially meaningful to you and your family. And my joy during this time of expectant waiting and hopeful preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus lies in knowing that the Baylor Family is bound together with unceasing love for one another and our unifying faith in God.
In His name,
Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.
President, Baylor University
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Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.
Dr. Livingstone is a strong voice for the role of faith-based institutions in American higher education. She is a scholar and extensively published author in the areas of organizational behavior, leadership and creativity. Dr. Livingstone has set the University on a course that integrates academic, teaching and research excellence with an uncompromising Christian identity and positions the University to have a transformative impact on our students, on higher education and the world.