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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Ghirlandaio: Annunciation of John the Baptist to Zechariah

Domenico Ghirlandaio: Annunciation of John the Baptist to Zechariah

Luke 1:20-25


But now you will be speechless and unable to talk until the days these things take place. 

We cavil against God’s plan; we complain about God’s time; we fuss with the details of God’s space and time. And this despite the evidence of God’s love and care that stand boldly and honestly before us. We persist in worrying and hoping to control.

God says: The story of Zechariah may seem a harsh one but when you look more closely you will see another layer. In all those days that Zechariah could not speak he drew nearer to me than he had at any other time in his life. And out of this great restraint and learning comes the beautiful fruit of his knowing my love.

We too frequently see the details of God’s plan as stumbling blocks rather than stepping stones. We too seldom trust that God’s infinite plan brings compassion to all.

The Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces; the reproach of God’s people the Lord will remove from the whole earth.  (Isaiah 25:8)

Listen to the words of the song Speechless by Steven Curtis Chapman and imagine what we might learn when we cease talking and begin to listen.  Imagine the strength of God’s love that leaves us speechless.

Visit the Benedictus page on this blog to reflect on Zechariah’s response to God when his speech returns.

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