Thursday, 1 December 2016

Advent 30 Day Retreat: First Week: Day 4

Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies

 All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, "What then is this child going to be?" For the Lord's hand was with him.  Luke 1:65-68
"His name is John."
The people recognise God’s special presence and divine purpose in the birth of John the Baptist as they have heard about his amazing conception and birth. The people are in awe and that is a common reaction when we sense the presence and the power of God.

The phrase ‘the hand of the Lord was certainly with him’ was a common phrase used by Luke and it indicated that the power of God was present in John’s life and that God had a plan for John.

God has a plan for our life as well as God is with us, God is for us, and God has a purpose for our lives.

The primary mission for John was to prepare the people for the coming of Jesus. That is also a part of the plan that God has for our life as well.

We don’t have to be a person who stands on the street corner shouting out for the passers-by to repent, but we can call others into the Kingdom by the way we live our life.

If we are persons of prayer, who are formed by the scriptures and the traditions of the people of God, and who have responded to God’s call by a life of service and witness, then we will prepare others for the Kingdom of God.