FOR FRIDAY *TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 1:67-80
“A new day will dawn on us from above because our God is loving and merciful. He will give light to those who live in the dark and in death’s shadow. He will guide us into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79; GOD’S WORD Translation)
Let this passage speak to you personally this Christmas.
Taylor Mertins, a young United Methodist clergy from Virginia, recalls the days during his studies at seminary when he began meeting each morning with a community of Anglicans and Episcopalians for Morning Prayer. He noticed how so many of the others there, more familiar with this practice, did not need to look at the Book of Common Prayer to recite the texts for the day. They had done this so long that the words just came from their heart.
On one morning, as they were proclaiming the words from the “Song of Zechariah”, he overheard the man next to him changed a few of the words so that instead of speaking in the plural he spoke individually, more personally: “By the tender mercy of MY God, the dawn from on high will break upon ME, to give light to ME as I sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide MY feet into the way of peace.” This young man was willing to proclaim God’s promise for himself.
What a difference this could make for each of us during this season if we would realize that God sent Jesus not only because God loved the world but God also love each of us. If Emmanuel means “God with us” that “us” includes you and me! Let a new day dawn in you as God brings you light to dispel the darkness in your heart.
PRAYER: Loving and Merciful God, throughout this season and the new year that’s coming, guide us (and me) into the way of Your peace. Amen.