Who's Your Someone to Lean On?
Do you have friends, family, supportive people who help put you on the right path. It's important to have a prayer life, building relationship with God and being open to His will, but we also need to listen to those God puts in our lives to help us too. Sometimes it can be easy to get off track in terms of doing what's best for us, leading a good life, staying away from temptations, even living a healthy lifestyle. I know for myself, taking time to breathe and relax is something I struggle with, and alongside that being patient with those who can't do three or four things at a time. Having someone point this out to me, and tell me it's important to take time for myself, and slow down, puts me back on the right track, and be more open to hearing God's will. Has God been trying to tell you something through the people in your life?
Today's Gospel states:'And his father Zechari'ah was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying, "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us; to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant, the oath which he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, when the day shall dawn upon us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace"' (Luke 1:67-79).
Today's reading talks about Zechariah giving blessing to his son John, who will be known as John the Baptist. John prepares the way for Jesus, preparing the people, starting to baptize by God's will, many even say Jesus was his disciple for a time before starting his own ministry. Even Jesus needed someone to guide him, and show him the right path to take, along with his caring parents, and God. There's a reason we were made to be in communion with other people, as we were made to help one another stay on the path towards God. Take some time to pray for those who have helped you get to where you are today.
Today we pray:
Thank You for being at the center of my life. Thank You for keeping me on the right path, and for those that You speak through when I fall off track.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.