Scripture: Luke 1:5-25

Chosen by lot. Random occurrence. Most of the time, infertility is unexplained, but genetic and environmental factors contribute. Zechariah is chosen to be the priest randomly, but his wife is a descendant of Aaron and it seems in their blood to have the blessing of serving in the temple.

Unexplained events do not necessarily have meaning–we don’t know why Elizabeth and Zechariah were unable to have a child before she became pregnant with John. We don’t know why children are born with birth defects or special needs, we don’t know why some people die so young, we don’t know why so many bad things happen. But just the same, we don’t know why good things happen, either. In both, we seek to find meaning. In both, we seek to find God.

Through the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel we learn that the old way of thinking, that God punished people for the sins of their ancestors is outdated. The thinking that God is testing us or trying to teach us a lesson by suffering and loss is also of the past.

In this season of Advent, we wait for Christ to return as we wait for Christ’s birth. We don’t really know what that means. It is still a mystery. But we do know, somehow, we seek God in the mystery.

Prayer:
Spirit of Life, we seek You in the questioning, in the unknown, in the mystery. While we may seek to find more meaning in our lives, guide us in wisdom to seek deeper relationship with You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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