Guide Our Feet Into Peace

To celebrate
this Christmas day,
we offer the Prayer of Zechariah
who reminds us of God’s tender compassion –
the one who guides our feet
into the way of peace.


Blessed be the Lord,
the God of Israel;
he has come to his people
and set them free.

He has raised up for us
a mighty savior,
born of the house of his
servant David.

Through his holy prophets
he promised of old
that he would save us
from our enemies,
from the hands of all
who hate us.

He promised to show mercy
to our fathers
and to remember
his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore
to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands
of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the
prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord
to prepare his way,
to give his people
knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high
shall break upon us,
to shine on those who
dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet
into the way of peace.

Prayer of Zechariah


by Mary Pandiani
Executive Director
Selah Center

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