Saturday, December 14, 2013

A Father's Carol

 
'His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because He has come and has redeemed His people.

He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of His servant David
{as He said through His holy prophets of long ago},
salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us -

to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember His holy covenant,
the oath He sword to our father Abraham:

to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve Him without fear
in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.

And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for Him,
to give His people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,

because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.'
- Luke 1:67 - 79

 
This is the 2nd in a series of Scriptural Carols.
 
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~~~> Singing out with Barbie  .  Sandra  .  Deidra


24 comments:

  1. Nice picture, great and beautiful snow covered branches!

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    1. And yes, the snow is gently falling once again ... but I'm inside whipping up a huge batch of those surprise meringues, spurred on by yesterday's post!

      ;-}

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  2. Hi Linda! (why don't we live next to each other....I love meringue!!)
    I pray this passage almost every day. It has more meaning this time of year, doesn't it? The Lord shows mercy to us by giving us his son, and Zechariah gets the honor of being the father of John the Baptist. What a wondrous time in history.

    We have 4" of snow on the ground. More to come. Yikes!
    Ceil

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    1. Aren't there the most beautiful passages, songs, carols, and hymns in the Scripture! This advent season has been opening my mind and heart to the glorious depth of the preparation that was put in place for the arrival of Jesus so long ago ...

      And yes, there's about 4" of snow here in NY's Mid-Hudson Valley right about now, too, Ceil! As long as I'm inside, cozy, and warm ... let it snow!

      ;-}

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Barbie ... may this Sabbath be a day of rejuvenation for you and yours!

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  4. I just both Mary's Magnificat and Zechariah's song to my middle school students this past week - actually all of Luke 1-2. Beautiful!

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    1. Teach it, girl! There's such a deep richness in the unfolding life-changing story in these chapters ...

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    1. I'm glad you dropped in to see us, Ginger! Have a restful Sunday ...

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  6. I just noticed this week that you have started blogging again! How do I get a notification when you ... have a new blog. Usually I just check it when I am online!

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    1. Welcome Back! And good question! If you'd like to get the posts by email, head right to the top of the right sidebar and click that little rectangle right under the words 'Want Every Blog Post Delivered Straight to Your Door?'

      You can choose a web-based newsreader OR click on 'Get CREEKSIDE MINISTRIES delivered by email' and fill in your email address in the drop down box and follow the directions to complete your subscription.

      I LOVE bloglovin.com. Go there if you've got a bunch of blogs you'd like to follow. Super!

      And thanks for asking. What do you bet there were others wanting to know the same thing!

      ;-}

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    1. Sabbath blessings on you and yours, Kimberly! I so appreciate you coming by today ...

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  8. Merry Christmas, Linda! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Deidra - thank YOU for starting that online Sunday Community way back in the day. The weekend Scripture post is a cornerstone here, and I have you to thank for the invitation and motivation to present God's Word in all its simplicity and clarity without commentary.

      You bless me, my Sabbath friend, and all I can do is pray that God will bless you and yours greatly in the year ahead ...

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  9. Thank you. And I happen to be a prophet studier much of the time. God has laid it on me so often. And to see how they shared His words with the ones in need is always an amazing blessing. As I said, Thank you... for the Word and the photo.

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    1. Isaiah is becoming more vitally alive and real to me through this advent season. I've struggled over the years with getting through the OT, but I'm getting closer to a deeper appreciation of this section of Scripture that's not always been easy to read and comprehend.

      Thanks for dropping in on this very cold evening, Cary Jo!

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  10. What a beautiful post to read at the end of my day on Sunday! Thank you, Linda. I am always so encouraged when I visit your blog. :)

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    1. To hear that you're finding encouragement here means the world, Lyli! Thank you ... what a grace-filled gift you've given me this evening!

      Blessings as we head into this week ...

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  11. We had snow this weekend, too! I woke up at 5 am on Saturday and took a quiet walk with the Lord through the neighborhood...thanks for reminding us of Zechariah's carol...and of God's mercy...

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    1. Yep ... I almost got out for a walk today but ended up taking a long winter's nap instead. Maybe tomorrow?

      ;-}

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  12. Such a beautiful post. I'm off to read the mother's carol now! Thank you for sharing with a beautiful picture!

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    1. Thanks for checking out the carols, Kalley ... I think there'll be 3 more to come in the weeks ahead. Blessings to you and yours as we celebrate our Savior's birth!

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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