Luke 1:18-20 – Zechariah doubts Gabriel

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.” The angel replied, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. But now, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, you will become mute, unable to speak, until the day these things occur.”

Silhouette of a man praying @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Any time we find ourselves wishing that God would be a bit clearer in our lives, we might pause and remember Zechariah and his meeting with Gabriel. Gabriel’s authoritative rebuke to Zechariah – “I stand in the presence of God” – is powerful, majestic and unequivocally daunting, and the consequences for Zechariah are nine months of silence. But Zechariah’s experience also points the way to bring us closer to God. We can attune ourselves to God’s presence in our lives through worship and prayer, with plenty of silence for us to listen to God, rather than speak. And we can open ourselves to the possibility of God appearing to us in surprising and unexpected ways.

Majestic God, draw us closer to You in this Advent season, and help us behold Your presence in our lives and Your purpose for us right now. Slow our steps and give us pause to recognize You in surprising and unexpected places. Kindle in us recognition of Your eternal love. Amen.

Thank you for joining us on this prayerful path through Advent.
Blessings and best wishes for 2018.

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