December 3: Luke 1:12-17
When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous–to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
Prayer: Dear God, the angel promised a time when “the hearts of the fathers will turn to their children.” We pray for fathers, that you would help them to be the parent their children need; we pray for patience, direction and love. And for those children whose fathers are not present within the family, we pray you will provide for them other sources of guidance and strength. We are thankful, dear God, that you are the Father of us all, and that we are your children. Amen.