December 23, 2017
Posted: December 23, 2017
A Devotion for Your Day
by Bonnie Tranby
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 or 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." The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel.
This part of scripture is often referred to as the song of Zechariah. It is appropriate that I am reflecting on this because much of my life in the church revolves around music. I don't remember a time when music was not a huge part of my faith in God. Zechariah uses this song to praise God for what he has already done, and as a prophecy for the future. I find verse 79 particularly powerful, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. This time of year can be very dark, both literally and mentally for many people. As Christians, we are fortunate to have the light of Christ help us through the darkness. Many of us also use music as a way to lift spirits and celebrate. As we approach the celebration of the birth of Jesus, may we keep a song in our hearts and on our lips.
Dear God, be with us as we wait for the birth of your son, Jesus. Help us help those who may be struggling to find peace and light in their time of darkness. Amen.
Bonnie Tranby leads our bell choirs.