“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel!”
Luke 1: 67 – 79
Today we turn to the ‘Prayer of Zechariah’, commonly called the Benedictus. Though it can easily be seen as a prayer glorifying God, let us take a moment to recognize that Zechariah is also praying about his son, John. Zechariah recognizes that God can also be glorified through our offsprings. Zechariah doesn’t want his own personal plans to be rooted in his son, John. Rather, he wants God’s plans for John, no matter what these plans are.
Can we, as parents, be open to whatever God desires of our children, no matter how difficult that might be? Is it our hope that our children ‘go ahead of the Lord to prepare a way before Him?‘
Let us pray to continue to recognize the ways that God is exalted through our children. And even in those moments when we seem to lose heart or are disappointed, may we still cry out, “Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel!”, for God is still visiting his people and redeeming them. Amen