thought for the day – Advent day 11

Luke 1: 68 -79

As we wait and we wonder if others are waiting too and find ourselves getting lost in the tunes and the tinsel and lights and lists and ideals let us remember John the Baptist who was called to be a prophet of the Most High. What must it have been like to to prepare a way for Him? Did he know his cousin Jesus as they grew up? Did he have an inkling that his cousin might be the Most High he was called out to be  prophet of? Did he wonder how long the waiting was going to be? Did he have doubts of whether the Most High was really coming?

We are not called to fullfill Old Testament prophecies and go out to the desert and make straight the way for the Most High. But we are called to be faithful to God and the calling He has for us and so in being faithful we can wait with confidence and eagerness for the coming of the Most High once more. And in so doing in the words of our four year old we can be ‘really alive once we are with God and in His house.’

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
    for he has visited and redeemed his people

and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
    in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
that we should be saved from our enemies
    and from the hand of all who hate us;
to show the mercy promised to our fathers
    and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
   that we, being delivered from the hand 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
    in the forgiveness of their sins,
 because of the tender mercy of our God,
    whereby the sunrise shall visit usfrom on high
 to give light to)those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

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