Zechariah’s song is a father improvising at the birth of a son, a made-up song to release some of the wonder and joy that he feels in his bones in such a way that words alone cannot express. The emotion just has to come out. It’s put to rhythm, and the rhythm helps to lock words into place. The rhythm emerges from a tension that builds in Zechariah’s own life, is improvised in his song, and still longs for resolution.
—Max O. Vincent, Good News of Great Joy: Advent Reflections on the Songs of Luke (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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[The child John’s] father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David.”
—Luke 1:67-69 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord, Emmanuel. Amen.
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