Saturday, December 15, 2018
Light two candles…begin your prayer time by lighting the first purple candle, the Hope candle and the second purple candle. The “Peace” candle…or the Prophecy candle…
READ: Luke 1: 57-66
He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And all of them were amazed. 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue freed, and he began to speak, praising God.
Being muted for any reason would be highly difficult for those of us with a voice and opinions and thoughts and feelings. There are lots of things about life that mute us though. It usually has something to do with caring about the feelings of others, or not making waves.
For Zachariah it was doubting God. While this was real for old Zach – literally, it can also be real for us. When we doubt ourselves or our talents, we are doubting what God gave us…gifts for use and work in the world. We mute our impact on our neighbors and the community. Often it can feel as if it might be easier to share those gifts if “someone else” in our lives was muted. They share hurtful “feedback” or nitpick at all the things we do wrong. Or perhaps we are the one doing that to others in our own lives. It is likely, once again, that we live somewhere on the spectrum.
These are the times in our lives, when something drastic and jolt us back into being faithful, or sharing our talents or recommitting to something positive in our lives.
We come in and out of faithfulness every day, every hour and every minute.
But not God. God is always faithful. God keeps God’s promises. God muted Zachariah for doubting that he and Elizabeth in their old ages would conceive a child. A child to be named John. A child who would serve as a messenger for the promised Messiah.
But as time revealed God’s truth to Zachariah, his doubt was turned to belief and witness. And in God’s faithfulness, Zachariah’s voice returned, and it returned to one of the most beautiful songs found in the Scriptures.
Faithful God. You have always been faithful. You are faithful now, and you will forever be faithful. We are not. We doubt. We squander our gifts. We keep them from the world. Forgive us and help us find our voice in you. In the name of your Son, Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Do you feel muted? Have you ever? What gave your back your voice? Where did you see God in that time in your life? Share with a friend or in the comments below.
About Mitzie…Mitzie Schafer is a Deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Master of Art in Religion from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary with a concentration in Christian Education and Christian Spirituality. She has been writing curriculum and teaching faith formation for more than ten years. Mitzie’s faith is grounded in the belief that God is the initiator and we are the respondent. That God’s yes is always bigger than our no. That being created in the image of the Creator, makes us by our very nature, creative. And that God LOVES ALL people.
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