Read Luke 1:67-79

Then his 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,

 as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,

 that we would be saved from our enemies

and from the hand of all who hate us.

 Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,

and has remembered his holy covenant,

 the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham,

 to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies,

 might serve him without fear,

 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

 to give knowledge of salvation to his people

by the forgiveness of their sins.

 By the tender mercy of our God,

 the dawn from on high will break upon us,

 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,

 to guide our feet into the way of peace.”


  From Rev. Magdalyn Sebastian, Wheeling First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

…to give light to those who sit in darkness . . . to guide our feet into the way of peace.

            My grand scheme was for the women to walk labyrinth at night up at the Mount.  Using the headlights of the bus, votive candles, and flashlight we were to walk the winding path in prayer.

            In an effort to “help” I announced that I would show the women where the path began, which way to go.  But in the shadows, I soon became confused and spun around in place like some cartoon character.

            My sisters in Christ, most of whom had never walked labyrinth, helped me see the stone that outlined the beginning of the path.  Together we walked, one after the other, foot following foot, around and around towards the sacred center.  Confusion gave way to peace.  Chatter gave way to silent prayer.

            Christ’s light shines brighter than any candle or flashlight.  Christ’s light often shines through those that God places as our companions along the way.

Lord we await the coming of the Christ who will show us the way.  May we move from the darkness of our lives towards your brilliant, saving light.


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