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The First Carols: The Benedictus Luke 1:68-79

The First Carols: The Benedictus

A Song after the Silence: In silence, we may hear God speak.

AT A GLANCE:

Given the distraction of our digital devices, solitude and silence — two commodities we need to flourish — are rare. Zechariah’s silence enabled him to speak — to burst forth in song, the Advent carol, as it were! He spoke of the mighty power of God, showing us that Advent can be a time to lose the distractions and listen quietly to the Lord.

EDITOR’S PICK:

For material based on today’s epistle text, see “Mappa Mundi Christiana,” November 24, 2013.

For an alternative approach to Luke 23:33-43, see “Kings Never Die.”

[NOTE: The Benedictus is the first of a three-part series called “The First Carols.” The other two are the Magnificat on December 15 and the Gloria on December 24.]

 

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone,” wrote the famous mathematician and theologian Blaise Pascal in the 17th century — long before...

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