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Second Saturday: Zechariah

Read: Luke 1:57-80

His Name is John!

 “Call him… ‘the Lord is gracious!’”

He Himself plunges into our darkness,

Scoops us—dripping, nascent—lightward.

From ancient roots, and promises,

blood of prophets.

From gnashing lips, hate-bittered,

and destruction.

From enemies without, terrors within,

He brings us forth.

In blazing love-fury

Dries our tears

Plies our hearts

Prepares us

Stretched, stilled, resplendent,

Joy-mongers on

His path of peace.

“Call him…”the Lord is gracious!”

His name is John.

by Susan Horikiri

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Zechariah and JohnQuestions: John’s name means “the Lord is gracious.” Imagine how Zechariah felt holding his son, John, for the first time.

Together: Talk about the names in your family. What do they mean? Do you know why they were chosen?

Prayer: Thank You, Father God, that You know us. You know the number of hairs on our heads. You know what makes us happy or sad or angry. You knew us even before we were born and You call us by name. Amen.

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Introduction to Face to Face: Advent Reflections

His Name is John! © 2013 by Susan Horikiri. Used with permission.

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