The first two chapters of Luke are a rich concert of songs sung by Elizabeth, Mary, Zechariah, Angels (and Solomon). This series of daily illustrations represents a slow reflection on how our familiar characters were responding to the Holy Spirit, and the songs that were filling their hearts.
1 Dec – Luke 1.35,37 – His power will overshadow you…for nothing is impossible with God.
2 December – Luke 1.41-42 – Blessed are you among women.
3 December- Luke 1.43 – And why did this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord would visit?
4 December- Luke 1.44 – For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leapt for joy.
5 December- Luke 1.45 – Blessed is she who has believed.
6 December- Luke 1.46 – My soul magnifies the Lord
7 December – Luke 1.48 – For he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden, and behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
8 December – Luke 1.49 – The mighty one has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
9 December – Luke 1.50 – His mercy is on those that fear him.
10 December – Luke 1.51-52 – He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has cast down the mighty from their seats and lifted up the lowly.
December 11 – Luke 1.53 – He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty.
12 December – Luke 1.54-55 – He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’
13 December – Luke 1.67-68 – Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favourably on his people and redeemed them.
14 December – Luke 1.69 – He has raised up for us a mighty saviour, born of the house of his servant David.
15 December – Luke 1.70-71 – Through his holy prophets God promised of old to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all that hate us.
16 December – Luke 1.72-73 – To show mercy to our ancestors and remember his holy covenant. This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham…
17 December – Luke 1.74-75 – To set us free from the hands of our enemies. Free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
18 December – Luke 1.76 – And you child shall be called a prophet of the most high, because you will go before the Lord to prepare his way.
19 December – Luke 1.77 – to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of all their sins.
20 December – Luke 1.78 – in the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high shall break upon us.
21 December – Luke 1.79 – to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
22 December – Luke 2.10 – Fear not for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
23 December – Luke 2.11-12 – to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’
24 December – Luke 2.13-14 – And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’