Benedictus

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.”

Luke 1:67-79

We anticipate. We prepare. We dream. But what do we really expect? And how do we know the waiting was worth it?

Zechariah was accustomed to waiting. He waited for a son. Then he waited to get his voice back. And when it all came to pass, he found that it was worth the wait.

Zechariah who had expected so little of God, dares us to expect so much!

God’s promise spans generations, it overcomes resistance, it endures forgetfulness, and as in Zechariah’s case and our experience, it also transforms doubts.

This Christmas Eve, may Zechariah’s song deepen our anticipation, guide our preparations, and inspire our dreams.

Dawn has broken from on high!

By the light of Emmanuel many of us, who once sat in darkness and walked in death’s shadow can now serve God without fear.

Let it be our prayer that God will fill our hearts with the hope of Zechariah as we celebrate this eve of Christ’s arrival. May He guide our feet into the way of peace that we might walk without fear to reflect and extend the light of Emmanuel, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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