Monday, December 17, 2012

a child is born

Good evening friends,
Today's reading tells the story of John the Baptist's birth. His father, Zechariah, had been told about him by an angel. Because of his doubt then, and perhaps to give him an opportunity we rarely give ourselves to take time to reflect, the angel took away Zechariah's speech "until these things take place." Well the child is born and he is named John, despite the community's best efforts, so Zechariah get's his speech back. Immediately he breaks out in praise for God.

My your evening be a song of praise as well,

Luke 1:57-66
57Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. 58Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. 59On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father. 60But his mother said, “No; he is to be called John.”

61They said to her, “None of your relatives has this name.” 62Then they began motioning to his father to find out what name he wanted to give him. 63He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And all of them were amazed. 64Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue freed, and he began to speak, praising God. 65Fear came over all their neighbors, and all these things were talked about throughout the entire hill country of Judea. 66All who heard them pondered them and said, “What then will this child become?” For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.

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