In This Land
“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
by the forgiveness of their sins.
By the tender mercy of our God,
the dawn from on high will break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
We are a people desperately in need of good news. In this land, life expectancies are more accurately predicted by one’s zip code than their genetic code. In this land, our justice system has criminalized poverty as thousands sit in jails, not because they’ve been convicted of a crime, but simply because they could not afford bail. In this land, many who work tirelessly to provide for their families are still denied a living wage. In this land, we too wait on good news!
But we have a promise that a Redeemer is on the way. As God is already at work in us, let’s expect the impossible! Whenever the world seems left in a state of hopeless despair, as prophetic witnesses to the coming of good news, let us serve as the voices of ones crying out in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of the Lord.”
-Rev. Kevin VanHook
What does it mean for your feet to be guided “into the way of peace”?
What is the good news that you are waiting for? What is the good news that you can help bring to the world around you?
This episode was written and recorded by Rev. Kevin VanHook. It was produced by Jim Keat. Background tracks include Relinquish and Ink by Podington Bear.
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