I find it interesting that Luke doesn't begin with the story of Jesus but rather with the story of John the Baptist. His parents are entrenched in Judaism as descendants of the house of Aaron (brother of Moses).
These were faithful people who had no children. In that day, they had no social security!
Zechariah is promised a son. He wonders how this could be since they are so old. Does this remind you of Abraham? In Genesis 17:17, Abraham laughs but he doesn't get the silent treatment like Zechariah!
Imagine giving up speaking for nine months! I've heard of vows of silence. These aren't very practical for today's world. What if you gave up speaking derogatory comments about others?
As we begin the Lenten season, we have a little less than fifty days until Easter. I hope that you'll consider some discipline to take on during this time that will deepen your faith - maybe reading through the Gospel of Luke with me!
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