Elizabeth —(Alice Loddigs)

Elizabeth —(Alice Loddigs)

December 2nd–– Elizabeth

Scripture

16 He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 With the spirit and power of Elijah he will go before him, to turn the hearts of parents to their children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” 18 Zechariah said to the angel, “How will I know that this is so? For I am an old man, and my wife is getting on in years.” (Lk. 1:16-18)

Reflection (Alice Loddigs):

What can I say? It’s been quite a journey for me, for us. Zachariah and I had been childless for fifty long years–– and now, pregnant, at my age… To be honest with you? I’ve been plagued with doubt. My husband and I have walked together in all the commandments. Blameless. Righteous. And besides that? I am one of the daughters of Aaron! Believe me—I’ve had moments with a most unrighteous question —why us, God? Haven’t we done our part? 

All the same, the angel’s words to Zachariah were both precise and encouraging to me. We are having a boy–– a boy! He said, “you are to call him John,” and, “He will be a joy and delight to you. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born!” Because of this, I knew that the Lord had shown favor on us.

When I heard my relative, Mary, was in her sixth month–– goodness!She is so young! And, oh, I was happy to learn she could visit me. When I greeted her at the door, my baby leaped with excitement. I had no idea of what to do, other than to burst forth with a blessing! Surely this was also at the hand of God. And Mary’s response was truly amazing (I wish someone had written it down!).

My anger, my doubt, my anxiety over being childless, were all turned to joy and anticipation of the promises for tomorrow. One just never knows what the Lord can do! We can’t even imagine how God accomplishes the impossible through us.

Question:

What are you missing in your life? 

Prayer

God, open our eyes and heart to see the working of your hand through ordinary people like ourselves.

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