"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 in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel. Luke 1:76-80
John the Baptist grew up in the wilderness, then appeared in public preparing the way for the coming “sunrise” when the Most High would die to save us from our sins.
God, in His tender mercies, guides our feet in the way of peace, giving light to those who sit in darkness.
Ponder: What are you waiting for, sitting there in the dark? Or are you just too afraid to move, to believe? God’s light reaches in. His tender mercies reach out to you. The sunrise will come. God is faithful.
Praise: God gives light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.
Artist: Catie Radney
It was at Rivendell the hobbits think through the vocation they have been given, carefully working out the who and what and where of the odyssey that will be theirs. But integral to all that they were, and to all that they would need to be, was the table at Rivendell, a place for the best conversations and the best food and the best drink — simply said, a wonder of wonders." Steve Garber
The never-ending hope of Easter, Writer Andrew Shaughnessy shares reflections on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and why hope and beauty matter. "We hope because we know a day is coming when, to paraphrase Sam in The Lord of the Rings, “everything sad will come untrue,” when our Creator King will dry every tear and bind up the broken hearts and restore the sundered cities and turn the world upside down."