Week beginning: 21st December, 2014

By St Albans | Andrew Myers

"But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings…".

Malachi 4 v 2 (NIV, 1984)

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace. Hail the Sun of Righteousness. Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings.

We have all sung that last verse of Hark the Herald and wondered what Wesley meant by it. John the Baptist's father, Zechariah, understood. He spoke of the soon-to-be-born Jesus as "the rising sun", who would come to us from heaven, to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death and to guide our feet into the path of peace.

In one phrase, Malachi captures three essential characteristics of the promised Messiah: light, righteousness and the bringing of healing. This world desperately needs a healing touch this Christmas (as it does every Christmas). The way to receive that healing, Malachi says, is to be one of those who revere God's name, because for them the sun of righteousness will rise with healing its wings.

This Thursday we celebrate that sun's earthly dawn.

Prayer points

1. May that rising sun guide our feet into the path of peace this Christmas.

2. Ask that the hearts of men and women who have not yet accepted the Good News of Jesus might do so this Christmas.