76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
by the forgiveness of their sins.
78 By the tender mercy of our God,
the dawn from on high will break upon us,
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:76-79, NRSV)
Zechariah’s inspired blessing of John has a message for us too. While our words do not precede the Lord, they do go before Him in the lives we touch. They do prepare His way while He tarries until His second coming. It is by the tender mercy of God we can give knowledge of the salvation of forgiveness, never by the pounding scourge of condemning judgment. The Light of Life has dawned on us in love, not in back breaking criticism and hate. Those who are called according to His purpose reflect that light for those lost in darkness. We are but navigational reflectors to the perfect light, but we are necessary for the wayward vessels about us to keep from the soul crushing shoals that line the banks of despair.
Dear Father, today, may I be useful to You in the transduction of Your perfect Light of Life, in Jesus’ name, amen! Help me to live in love rather than in self, for only in love can I be of use to You, Holy Lord.