Reading and Prayer: December 15

December 15: Luke 1:65-75

The neighbours were all filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him. His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us– to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. 

Prayer: Dear God, our world is filled with talk, talk, talk, and so many words are so very empty. Turn our attention to your Word; may the emptiness of our world be countered by the fulfillment we find in the Scriptures. Help us to filter out the noise and clamour of our world, and may our ears be ever attuned to you speaking to us through the Bible, through times of worship, through times of prayer. Amen