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13But the angel said to Zechariah, ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. 14You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15for he will be great in the sight of the Lord.
8 Once when Zechariah was serving as priest before God and his section was on duty, 9he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and offer incense.
5 In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
Beginning this morning IASP will be taking a break from normal content and concentrating on reading slowly through Luke 1:1-2:52.
Like most great archetypal stories, there are a number of versions of the story of the precious stone out in the vast world of spiritual teaching.
The conversation took place many years ago far from where most of my conversations now occur. But one statement continues to haunt me.
In the prayer Jesus is said to have prayed from the cross in Luke 23:34, Jesus not only demonstrates the nature of forgiveness, also points the way to that place where forgiveness becomes possible.
The process of forgiveness is the process of letting go.
On 16 November Maclean’s Magazine reported on a study to be released in December by two Canadian academics examining decline and growth in Canadian churches.
Andrew Sullivan stayed up late the night of 8 November to record his reaction to the US Presidential election. It appears he may not have been in a happy mood.