Praying the Benedictus 12
Luke 1: 79 “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.”
The reason Jesus was born was because God wanted to guide us into the place of peace.
It is a peace that cost Jesus His life.
It is a peace because sins are forgiven.
It is a peace of knowing there is no separation from God.
It is a peace that comes from our friendship with God.
It is a peace that can never be taken away once it has been given.
It is an eternal peace.
Today we do not wake up in darkness and under death’s shadow.
That is not us.
But we align ourselves with what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:6
“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness, ‘made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”
It is never over for us because of the eternal light which will always shine through our lives.
We face trouble but the light is shining through our troubles.
We approach the darkness of people’s lives and the light brightens their perspectives.
Death does its best to cast its fear but the shadows flee because of the light.
This is our peace and it is our message.
This is our song and our Benedictus.
Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel.
My eternal Peace
I Praise the God of Israel and the God of my heart who has come and changed my life.
You have given me what the world only offers to give but never delivers.
You have given me peace.
No matter how dark it becomes your light shines strong and bright.
Let the light of Christ be seen in my face today.
I cast the shadows away as your light shines from within.
You are the light of the world and the light of my world for all eternity.
And this is my eternal Benedictus.