Read the passage (Luke 1:5-25) aloud slowly to yourself. Write a sentence or two in response to this question:
What feelings might Elizabeth have had about Zechariah’s being chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and offer incense? Consider that for decades Elizabeth has been forced to endure the disgrace of being childless (v. 25). For example, perhaps she thought, Maybe we’re not such losers after all.
—Jan Johnson, Taste and See: Experiencing the Stories of Advent and Christmas (Upper Room Books, 2014)
What might five months of seclusion have been like for Elizabeth with a husband who could not speak? Join the conversation.
After those days [of Zechariah’s vision of the angel in the temple] his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months
she remained in seclusion. She said, “This is what the Lord has done for
me when he looked favorably on me and took away the disgrace I have
endured among my people.”
—Luke 1:24-25 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Let us release the cares of our day,
and open our eyes to the wonder of God.
With an attitude of empathy to people of another time,
let us open our hearts and minds to God.
Let us prepare to experience God’s word to us
through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer by Jan Johnson
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