Embedded in my heart is a melody. I hear it now and again, faintly. It disturbs my quest for power with hints of grace. It haunts my dreams of control with intimations of selflessness. It stays my hand lifted in anger and softens my chest tight with rage. It whispers to me of justice, and sings to me of compassion. It is the song of God, and I shall sing it yet. But not alone. —Rami Shapiro, Accidental Grace, Paraclete Press
Almighty God, by your providence your servant John the Baptist was born and sent to prepare the way of your Son our Savior. May I follow his example and be faithful to your word, walk in the truth, and witness to you without fear. In Jesus’s Name. Amen.