And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people
by the forgiveness of their sins.
By the tender mercy of our God,
the dawn from on high will break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
alongside the advent of God,
Zechariah and Elizabeth
were grappling with the blessing of the gift
of their son, John
John who "was not the light"
but who was sent to
Prepare the Way
As if the blessing of new life
were not enough -
To know that this child, their child,
would be the one
to herald the advent
of the long-awaited Messiah
bringing light into darkness
and peace on earth
What a gift!