Introducing Zechariah and Elizabeth – Luke 1:5-7 

In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all the commandments and regulations of the Lord. But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were getting on in years.

Leafless tree in the desert @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Elizabeth and Zechariah are remarkable for their commitment: living faithfully in the face of despair; never giving up their faith, even when they have given up their dreams. Their story encourages us to consider how we can adopt their quiet acceptance of challenges and frustrations in our lives; how we might let go of a situation that is causing pain and stress. Not to give up, but to hand the problem over to God. To spend less energy on circumstances outside our control and to lessen a problem’s grip on our lives. And to remember it is when we are at our most powerless, when our ideas and plans are barren, that God is most apparent.

Faithful God, be with us when we can see no way forward, no solution at hand. Ease our minds with the assurance of Your love and compassion. Sustain us each day, through the ups and downs of life, and grant us Your peace. Amen.

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

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