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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Zechariah was in need of a timeout. In his earlier appearance in Luke, we find him questioning an angel. Gabriel didn't appreciate his attitude, and Zechariah was made to remain silent for nine months. When he spoke again, he sang this song of God's salvation, mercy and security.

Zechariah means, "God remembered." Sometimes, for us to remember God's gracious acts, we need times of silence and contemplation. But, even when we ourselves forget, God remembers us.

Holy God, you always remember your people with mercy, graciousness and love. This Advent, silence in us any voice but your own, and set our hearts on you. Amen.

Adam Copeland
Director of Stewardship Leadership, Luther Seminary

Luke 1:68-79 (Canticle: “Benedictus”) (NRSV)

68 "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.
69 He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David,
70 as 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.
72 Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant,
73 the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us
74 that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear,
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins.
78 By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us,
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."

This God Pause daily devotion is brought to you by the alumni of Luther Seminary.