Reading and Prayer: December 16

December 16: Luke 1:76-80

And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.

Prayer: Dear God, we give you thanks for the salvation which you have brought to us in Jesus Christ. We gave you thanks for opening our hearts to your Good News, for forgiving our sins, for setting our feet on the path to fullness of life, and for filling our world with the light of your mercy and peace. May we never forget what you have done for us, and may you ever increase within us the knowledge of salvation. Amen.