Advent :: Day 20

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Day 20 — Sunday, December 23

Scripture

Luke 1:57-66

Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, but his mother answered, “No; he shall be called John.” And they said to her, “None of Your relatives is called by this name.” And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called. And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea, and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him.

Meditation

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Latin, c. 12th cent,; Psalteriolum Cantionum Catholicarum, Köln, 1710; tr. John Mason Neale, 1818-66, alt.
Stanzas 1 & 7

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!

O come, Desire of nations bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid thou are sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!

Prayer

O King of the nations, the Ruler they long for, the cornerstone uniting all people: build our faith on Your firm foundation. Make the kingdoms of humanity reflect Your heavenly kingdom that peace and equality may abound. Govern our hearts with Your love that the works of our hands may glorify You as we live out the vocations You have assigned each of us. Fill us with a longing for Your Kingdom that is to come on that Great Last Day so that the home and anticipation of it become tangible as we offer our prayers on behalf of all peoples. King of the nations come and save us all, whom You formed out of clay. This we pray by the mighty Name of Jesus Christ, our Potter. Amen.

Original from Passion City Church

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