Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Thought for Christmas Eve 2014

“You, child (John the Baptizer), will be called the prophet of the Highest; for you will go before the face of The Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”  Luke 1:76-79 NKJV

Zacharias, after a long silence imposed by the angel Gabriel (Luke 1:19-20), found his voice upon the birth of his son.  Finally having a voice with which to speak, Zacharias praises The Lord who has not only brought to him and Elizabeth a child they had longed for but Who also blessed them with the one who would “prepare the way” for the One to come. 

I wonder how many of us had ever stopped to consider how our own newborns would be used by The Lord to do such an awesome thing as to “give knowledge of salvation”.  I have no doubt most of us gave thanks when our own children were born, but have we ever listened to the Spirit?  I mean really listened?

Some plan to have their children baptized and then later confirmed in the faith, but how many of us have earnestly sought Divine Will to determine exactly how our children should raised and taught?  I freely admit it never occurred to me to consider that The Lord may have a unique claim on each of my own children beyond simply believing.  Surely this Divine calling did not end with John!

The Lord has more in store from us, but I am afraid we have been programmed more toward “taking” Divine blessing than “offering” it back.  The Law of The Lord stipulates a unique, Divine claim on the first-born – and surely for this very purpose.  How much have we missed out on because we have tried to insist that The Law is no longer applicable to us as Christians?  How many children have been withheld from The Lord because we have been convinced that some “magic spell” from a spiritual and religious void will awaken our children?  How many of us have failed to teach our children about The Lord so that one day they would even recognize His Voice?

Zacharias had to be struck mute in order to be reminded that his son would not be brought into the world only to bring him and his wife pleasure and joy; his child was claimed long before.  So have we and our children been so claimed.  Let this Christmas bring to The Church a renewal of our sense of purpose and peace in The Lord’s will.  Let us realize we, too, were born to “prepare the way”; and so let us go about His business.



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