Because of our God’s deep compassion,
the dawn from heaven will break upon us,
to give light to those who are sitting in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide us on the path of peace.
You will remember that Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, had his power of speaking taken from him; he didn’t believe in the miracle that God was going to give him a son. But then the moment came when John the Baptist was born. Suddenly, as though Zechariah’s tongue was untied like a knot, he began not only to speak, but to sing. His song is in today’s reading. For centuries it has been connected to prayers in the morning.
The hymn closes with the first of four times that the word “peace” is used in St. Luke’s Gospel. Sometimes this Gospel is called the “Gospel of Peace.” Let your tongue be set loose and allowed to speak and sing the praises of the God of peace.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Guide my feet to way of peace. v. 79
For more information about
this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the Third Week in Advent
Winter in the north. Year C
On Fridays we read the Gospel of Luke
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…