Daily Advent Devotion Monday, December 23

Monday, December 23, 2013 – Psalm 135; Jeremiah 31:10-14; Galatians 3:15-22 and Luke 1:67-80

Luke 1:67-80 – 67 Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy:

68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.

Here is a link to the complete reading as it comes from the New Revised Standard Version and also The Message paraphrase of scripture. It’s not the normal link, since I discovered an error on the denomination’s lectionary website.  Oops.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%201:67-80&version=NRSV;MSG

Even Zechariah, father to John the Baptist, is pointing the way to the one who was to come, namely Jesus. Redemption of God’s people would come through this one and his son John would help prepare the way.

May Zechariah’s prophecy help us as we seek to prepare our hearts for our celebrations of Jesus’ birth.

Psalm 135 – Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
sing to his name, for he is gracious.

God is good, all the time! All the time, God is good! Thanks be to God that God is good and gracious. This is what we celebrate every Christmas and Easter.

O God, thanks for the birth of John the Baptist who helped prepare the way for Your Son. Thanks be to You for the gift of Your Son through whom comes our redemption and adoption as a child of God. Help us continue to prepare our heart, mind and soul for the celebration of His birth. Amen.

On a personal note, today would have been my parents 65 anniversary. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we celebrated their 50th at Sylvan Dale Ranch in Colorado. Both are now gone but their love for one another and their children live on in their family.

O God, thanks for bringing them together and for the joys we had being family. May those memories be blessings to all of us this day.

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