“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people
and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
that we should be saved from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us;
to show the mercy promised to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people
in the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:68-79
Poor Zechariah. He was old. He had long since given up praying for a baby. He was face to face with an angel. And in the midst of all that, he questioned – asked if it could be true, if God could give him a child. And for his questions, his lack of trust, he lost the ability to share the amazing miracle with anyone and everyone he could get to listen. His tongue was bound – there was no sharing the good news.
But then, when that baby was born, and when his tongue was loosed again, his first words were to praise the Lord for his faithfulness. And that, that faithfulness is what we rely on now, even as we wait. It has been prophesied – there is a rescuer coming “to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death and to guide our feet in the way of peace.” All we have to do is wait and trust – trust in the faithfulness of God to fulfill his promises.