“The Early Shift”

“The Early Shift”

Date: December 5, 2021

by Richard Coble
Luke 1:68-79

“And that is why I come back to services like this. Where liturgies and hymns, where sermons and prayers do not pull me from the worries of this world, but rather focus me on “the dawn from on high” that Zechariah sang about, that which “give[s] light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death” and “guide[s] our feet into the way of peace.”

Do not let your fears stop you from seeing how God is moving in this world,
for the Spirit moves;
she breathes new energy;
she shines forth as a new dawn;
she works even and especially in the most remote, the unexpected of places.
Like the temple of a small conquered nation at the edge of the Roman Empire. Like the living room or kitchen that has become in this hour a sanctuary.

Do not let fear stop you from hearing the invitation to join God’s work in this world. Do not let fear cloud out God’s peace.”