Sunrise From On High

Luke 1:76-79

  • 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.

This is the end of the song of Zechariah. It fits today being election day and, maybe, serves as an appetizer for our end of the year celebration of Christ’s birth (Advent/Christmas). Zechariah was speaking about his newborn son, who would be known as John the Baptist. Today it is good to read the part about “the tender mercy of God” sending us a “sunrise… from on high.” Hallelujah. Whatever the results of the election are, here are a few points:

  1. People in darkness need light.
  2. Many important things concerning God, the meaning of life, the Gospel, salvation, forgiveness, and the true way of peace do not change and cannot be changed by any of us or all of us. Praise God for this!
  3. Scary times may be upon us like never before. Fear may be in the air, but what matters is what we each choose to do with it. Do we ingest and serve it? Or do we reject and counter it with the Word of God?
  4. Or… scary times may not be upon us at all and most of the smoke in the air might just be commercially driven political piffle. Then the question is: what are we doing with all this time and energy now?
  5. Being able to vote is an indisputable privilege. I read a blog about the delight of voting that convicted me that my attitude toward today was not what it should be. Of course, in Christ, no matter what the circumstances, if thankfulness isn’t part of the equation, something is off. The ability to vote is phenomenal and uncommon to most of human experience throughout most of human history.

So, vote today per your conscience, enjoy every bit of it, pray for our country, and pray for people you know who can’t yet see by faith the “sunrise… from on high” that God sent us in His Son, Jesus Christ.

PS – I wrote about my NYC Marathon this last Sunday on my Hope for the Warriors page. Thank you for your interest, support, and prayers! It was a long, slow race for me, but I crossed the finish line in more ways than one! Thanks again!

 

 

The Marathon!

This is it! Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support! The money goes right where it’s supposed to. Hope for the Warriors is one of the most highly regarded and best run charities supporting veterans in the nation. The NYC Marathon thinks so, and that’s no small endorsement.

I’ll probably run slower than usual. I feel tired and out of shape, despite doing my best to train well for the race. I’m still really looking forward to it. Who knows how I’ll do. It’s all about crossing the finish line, sooner or later. That’s the prize. If you’ve never run a marathon, consider doing so. It’s an amazing experience.

I wrote a much longer post for tonight that I held back on. It described the state of our nation and churches per my view. I’ll leave it at that. It was wise of me, I’m sure, to let it remain unposted. It’s enough to say that I’m tired. My sense is that many reading this are nodding in agreement.

My prayer: “Lord Jesus, I run to pray and get back to the basics of life in You. I run to put my body where my faith is per Romans 12:1-2 and I hope that the little money we’ve raised would honor You and raise the hope and living conditions of veterans who have served our nation and their families. They deserve our best. I pray for the services at our church this weekend. I pray for the Gospel to come alive in the understanding of more and more people as it is demonstrated by more and more who claim You as Lord.

Lord, You teach us to run a good race. Help us with this! Your Word says…

Hebrews 12:1-3

[1] Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

[2] looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

[3] Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

Amen!