In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.  (Luke 1:78-79)

Zechariah had  been visited by the archangel Gabriel nine months previous to this, and because he did not believe Gabriel’s words, he was made “silent and unable to speak”.  Gabriel told Zechariah that he and his wife Elizabeth would have a son and that they were to name him John. So for nine months, after seeing and speaking with an angel, Zachariah can not tell anyone about the meeting!  So on the day his son, John the Baptist is born, Zechariah is filled by the Holy Spirit with the gift of prophecy and out of his mouth comes the beautiful prayer known as “The Canticle of Zechariah” see Luke 1: 68-79.

This prophecy/prayer/poem is spoken six months before Jesus is born. It serves as a very poetic metaphor about season of Advent, what the Lord will be doing for us on Christmas day.  The Lord God, creator of Heaven and Earth, loves us so much that He has sent His only Son, Jesus the Christ, to shine His light into our hearts and guide us to our eternal destiny with Him in heaven.

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