He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. v16
The story of the angel visiting Zacharias is often overlooked in Advent, yet an angel did appear to him saying that his wife Elizabeth would be having a baby. Just when they were ‘well on in years’, this event must have been a shock and also a delight to Elizabeth and Zacharias. Unexpected news can often unsettle us with a mixture of emotions, some are joyful and others dread. Whatever the situation you are experiencing, it is reassuring to know that God is with us, God knows what fears we have, what doubts we carry, and God will give us strength.
God, you know every part of me, my emotions, my health, my well being and my love for you. In the times of doubting, calm me, in the times of joy, dance with me and in times of reflection, still me Amen
And all the people would get up early in the morning to listen to him in the temple. v38
It’s hard being a disciple. There are days when we want to do our own thing; maybe we feel rebellious, grumpy, and the last thing we want to hear is about thinking of others, when all we want is to think about ourselves!
Yet breathing spaces occur in the most unexpected places, to make us realise the importance of being a follower of Jesus. It could be a word, a sensation or a phone call, where we stop, think and allow Jesus to soothe our selfishness souls, and return to the Holy Habits of discipleship. For me, that breathing space is every morning, when I hear the birdsong calling me to wake to a new day. What’s yours?
Lord, thank you for many ways you show your Love for us, in birdsong, in tender moments, and in the cry of a newborn Infant. Amen