Saturday, December 15, 2012
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Isaiah 12:2-6, Amos 9:8-15, and Luke 1:57-66
The second and third Sundays of Advent feature John the Baptist. Today’s reading is about his birth. His father, Zechariah, had been unable to speak since Elizabeth became pregnant, because he had questioned God’s ability to make it happen. As soon as he wrote that the baby’s name was John, he regained his ability to talk and began to sing a song.
Some of us would nearly explode if we couldn’t talk! It’s to the point that sometimes we talk so much that we miss all the good things going on around us. Sometimes we get so enthralled with talking, talking, talking that we begin to talk just so we can hear ourselves talking. We don’t have anything really to say. We’re just verbalizing what’s happening in our heads.
Sometimes that’s fine. Sometimes it isn’t.
Think about how Zechariah must have felt during those long weeks. Think about how difficult it would be to communicate, especially when most people were illiterate.
And the first thing he spoke when he got his speech back was a song of praise.
Try going a morning without speaking. Try going a whole day. When you’ve finished your time of silence, break it with a song of praise. One idea would be the Song of Zechariah or the Song of Mary, both in Luke 1. Take the time you’d spend talking and use it to listen to God. What do you hear?