Light one candle…begin your prayer time by lighting the first purple candle on your wreath. The “Hope” Candle.
READ: Luke 1: 68-79
All of that will happen because our God is tender and caring.
His kindness will bring the rising sun to us from heaven.
It will shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death.
It will guide our feet on the path of peace.
Zechariah’s song is a beautiful melody of the call of his new son John the Baptist. John, while his life ended painfully, was given a mission even before his conception. He would make a way for the Lord so that the people would understand and recognize Jesus as the Son of Man.
The creative imagery in these short verses is packed with hope and wander about God past, God present and God future. All that has and will happen is because we have a God who is tender and caring. His kindness is so great that it brings the rising sun to us from heaven. Can you see the colors…?
God is so great that no shadow can overcome the light it will bring…a light that leads our feet on a path to peace.
There are times in our lives when we can feel so connected to God that the implications of these beautiful descriptions of God’s majesty can be felt in our very souls. At other times, we can feel disconnected. In the wilderness. Lost from God’s grace and peace. In those hours, may we remember this song of Zechariah, and know that God remains ever present. Ever with us…bring light into our darkness…guiding our feet on the path of peace.
God of Light, we give thanks for your ever steady presence in our life…a presence that brings light and hope. Remain with us throughout this Advent Season, revealing yourself to us so that our hearts may sing as Zechariah’s heart sang. Amen
How do you see God at work…guiding your feet on the path of peace? Share with a friend or in the comments below.
About Mitzie…Mitzie Schafer is a Deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Master of Art in Religion from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary with a concentration in Christian Education and Christian Spirituality. She has been writing curriculum and teaching faith formation for more than ten years. Mitzie’s faith is grounded in the belief that God is the initiator and we are the respondent. That God’s yes is always bigger than our no. That being created in the image of the Creator, makes us by our very nature, creative. And that God LOVES ALL people.
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