Saturday, December 8, 2018
by Kris Taylor
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. He has
raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins. By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
The action of staying where one is or delaying action until a particular time until something else
We all wait daily. Whether at a grocery line, red light or a child coming home safely from school. Life is a
waiting game we all play daily.
In Luke: 1 verses 68-79, Elizabeth and Zechariah had a son! They had awaited the birth of a child, as
Elizabeth was a barren woman. Our God gave them this blessing, and John was born. Upon John’s birth,
Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit, and rejoiced, giving blessings to God for his people of Israel
whom would now be redeemed.
Zechariah’s message of rejoicing commands us to be:
Kind to our enemies, and to those who hate us;
Act mercifully to others, as our Lord God has acted upon us;
Care for one another and always have a kind word;
And let our sins be forgiven as we give them to our Lord.
John’s birth was a blessing, and the awaiting of our Lord’s birth.
In this season of Advent, may peace, solace, joy and an awareness of waiting fill your day In
Christ’s name, Amen.