This advent… I return to this space for journaling, reflecting, connection. Pondering much in my heart today. This weekend’s forgiveness workshop, oriented around this powerful passage, was richly rewarding. I cling today to Emmanuel, the promise that God-with-us is so true, so unshakeable, so vastly beyond our understanding. When we accept this as Reality, all manner of obstacles to Life will be dissolved within and between us. Forgiveness will bring an experience of the salvation wrought with such grace (It is finished!). Our work is to dismantle the judgments, the prejudices, the circumstances which block our Divine knowing of this Good News.
Let us, with John the Baptist, commence with “preparing the way…”
Luke 1:67 Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy: 68‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. 69He has raised up a mighty saviour for us in the house of his servant David, 70as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, 71 that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. 72Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant, 73the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us 74that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies,might serve him without fear, 75in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. 76And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, 77to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins. 78By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, 79to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.’