Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 12-6-18

December 6, 2018

Luke 1:68-79 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

I truly enjoy creating environments, sharing the Word, and preparing God’s people for an encounter with the Lord.  I see each opportunity as a great privilege offered by God.  In our passage today infant  John the Baptist is being dedicated; he will be a prophetic voice for God. One day John will take his place in God’s plan and instruct people to turn toward the Light; preparing them to receive salvation from God.  John would bear witness to the Light with his life.

During this Advent season, be a part of preparing others for a visit from Messiah—the eternal Light for the darkened soul.  Light and Life comes to those who welcome Messiah. He delivers us from our enemies: evil and the power of sin.  Please tell people how much God loves them.  Let praise rise on your lips to let others know the healing peace the Savior has brought to you.  Fear is not the reason we serve Christ.  We tell others because Love has called us to a miraculous life of peace with God and our neighbors.

Luke 1:68-79


Praise the Lord,

    the God of Israel!

He has come

    to save his people.


Our God has given us

    a mighty Savior

from the family

    of David his servant.


Long ago the Lord promised

by the words

    of his holy prophets


to save us from our enemies

and from everyone

    who hates us.


God said he would be kind

to our people

and keep

    his sacred promise.


He told our ancestor Abraham


that he would rescue us

    from our enemies.

Then we could serve him

    without fear,


by being holy and good

    as long as we live.


You, my son, will be called

a prophet of God

    in heaven above.

You will go ahead of the Lord

to get everything ready

    for him.


You will tell his people

    that they can be saved

when their sins

    are forgiven.


God’s love and kindness

    will shine upon us

like the sun that rises

    in the sky.


On us who live

in the dark shadow

    of death

this light will shine

to guide us

    into a life of peace.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for bringing Light into my dark, selfish soul.  Continue to lead me and shine your divine light on the path of peace.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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