Daily Worship

…that we might know

Albert Bogle November 28, 2021 0 1
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Luke 1: 1-4 (NRSVA)

1 Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, 3 I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed.

The sub-theme this week centres around conversations of unbelief. Perhaps the internal conversations we have with ourselves but also the honest questioning that Luke reports as he tells the story of the birth of Jesus and the unexpected visitor who challenged their reality.

Here in the opening sentences of his account of the life of Jesus, Luke makes it plain that what he is writing about is not some made up exaggerated story, but an authentic account. He tells us that he has researched the material and spoken to the original eye witnesses.  Knowing this I find myself drawn more into the story. Here is a first century researcher giving us the methodology he used to reach his conclusions.  In doing so he is inviting his reader to have confidence in the things he is going to tell them about Jesus and in turn we are invited to have confidence as we tell others.

It is my hope that during this time of Advent all of us who have been taught these stories of Jesus and his birth might find ourselves embracing them with a new certainty. Luke invites us to open our minds to the possibility of another dimension of life, one in which angels can appear and God can come closer to the most unexpected people.




Our Heavenly Father,

God of all creation,

Thank you for sending us Jesus

That we might know

How to explore

The mystery

Of his story —

Giving meaning

To our story as it is and will be

played out in history

Loving Father above all earthly parents

Thank you for allowing

Eternity to break into time

That we might know

God laid in a manger

God nailed to a cross

God turning the world upside down

That we might know

Love defined as a verb

Word of Life

We worship you

God of action

moving a stone

To prove nothing has been left to chance

No stone left unturned

To show

No distance too far

To reconcile sinners to himself

Thank you Father

that this is not in a fairytale story

But your finished story of creation.