December 4

Luke 1:68-75

“the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.” vss. 73-75

Zechariah saw the birth of his son, John, as the fulfillment of the Lord’s promise to Abraham. It was a sign that Israel had not been forgotten, that God was finally acting to bring salvation. While Zechariah couldn’t have known how the rescue would be accomplished, he did know that John’s birth was the beginning of the story and not the end. The new freedom was to be used for service without fear. We know a bit more about that salvation story…it’s a part of our faith legacy. And we too have been called to serve, to live in holiness and righteousness through all of our days. For some people that seems a foreboding proposition…they have the notion that living in holiness means saying goodbye to having a good time. Those who try it discover it calls for discipline. Holiness just doesn’t happen while we’re wandering around. A good first step would be to identify a role model, preferably a joyful saint, and then do what they do. Progress will be slow…behavioral changes always take time…but the results will be gratifying. One day we will discover the joy that comes with selfless serving…and life will be a delight!

Thought for the Day: Who could be my role model in holy living?

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