For Tuesday, December 11, 2001

Tuesday, December 11, 2001

Luke 1: 68-79

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 . . .

Zechariah praised God with his first words after months of silence. In a song that is often called the Benedictus after the first words in the Latin translation of this passage, Zechariah prophesied the coming of a Savior who would redeem his people, and he predicted that his son John would prepare the Messiah's way.

All the Old Testament prophecies were coming true— no wonder Zechariah praised God! The Messiah would come in Zechariah's lifetime and his son had been chosen to pave the way. Can you imagine the excitement this prospect caused?

In these turmoil-filled days, it is easy to lose sight of this excitement that Zachariah expressed. It is, however, in times like these that we should be most excited about the relationship we can have with God through his Son. We can all find hope in this message from Zechariah. My hope is that the Church will once again find the excitement that the celebration of the birth of our Savior brings each Christmas season and spread that excitement and joy to the World.

Prayer: Dear Lord, Thank you for your steadfast love; help our Church continue to enlarge our vision as we serve you in all that we do. Thank you for keeping your hand upon us as we grow in you. Amen.

Kevin N. Haynes