December 9: Luke 1:76-79

Around the Holidays we tend to get stressed over presents, food, and family celebrations. Sometimes, we don't know how to find peace in all this chaos. Luke 1:76-79 gives us great examples of how to find peace. In Luke 1:78-79, it says, "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"(NRSV). These two verses are basically saying God will give us the ability to spread his light to those who don't know it and he will guide us to peace. So, you may be getting really stressed about the big holiday and may even want it to just to be over. This verse tells us that light will come upon us and God wants us to spread the light. In return he will give us peace. In verses 76-77 the Bible tells us, "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." These verses tell us that we are very loved by God and he calls us to go and tell of his salvation to people who don't know it. It is kind of like a chain reaction; by letting ourselves get immersed in God's light, we are shown the road to peace. Then we share that little light, and tell someone else. Then that someone gets the map to peace and the chain continues. So, in this passage we can have peace by listening to God and being willing to share His light. Merry Christmas!

Clara Timmons