Trust - Advent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario
Photo credit: Lawrence OP

The Christmas story from the earliest days of the Old Testament prophets, as well as through individual experience, is repeatedly one of trust. Already we have twice (in three days) read of God’s reassurance, “do not be afraid”. We may not witness angels as we imagine them, but our prayers are heard and answered.

Dear Lord, empowering God,
In this busy world, slow us down and give us pause to contemplate your mystery. Open our ears and our hearts to hear your voice in our lives. Give us faith to trust in your purpose for each of us, even when we can’t see the path ahead.

Luke 1: 11-15, 17-19

11 Then there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was terrified; and fear overwhelmed him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. 14 You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. 17 With the spirit and power of Elijah he will go before him, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

18 Zechariah said to the angel, “How will I know that this is so? For I am an old man, and my wife is getting on in years.” 19 The angel replied, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.

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