The Song of Zechariah, also known as the “Benedictus,” was Zechariah’s first words following the birth of his son, John the Baptist, after several months of being mute. His song describes his profound joy at seeing the unfolding of God’s promises for God’s people. God fulfills God’s promises no matter what. God comes to help God’s people and set them free and rescue them from death, like “the dawn from on high” to shine on those living in darkness, fear, oppression, and death. . . . . In God’s coming through Jesus Christ, God has pierced the darkness.
—Joel Bengbeng, “Love Drives Out Darkness,” in Light from Afar: An Advent Devotional from Around the World (Upper Room Books, 2023)
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Because of the tender mercy of our God,
the dawn from on high will break upon us,
to shine upon those who sit in darkness and in
the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.
—Luke 1:78-79 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O God, thank you for the light from afar that came into our world when your Son, Jesus Christ, was born. Be with us as we await the birth of the Christ child in our hearts once again. Give us patience in the waiting. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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