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Luke 1 - Questions for Reflection & Prayer

This past Sunday we went deeper into the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth in the opening of Luke's Gospel.  Luke is drawing upon the rich history of God's surprising goodness to disheartened people - specifically to those who thought they were never going to have children (i.e. - Abraham and Sarah, Elkanah and Hannah).

Zechariah and Elizabeth's life has all of the characteristics of a life pleasing to God.  They come from that special line of priests in Israel's tradition, and they are both accounted as "righteous before God, living blamelessly."  They have so much going for them, except for this one glaring and gaping space of disappointment.  They have never been able to have children.

We explored how this place of sorrow is common to all of us.  We all have these spaces in our lives where we have an "expectation" and we have a "reality" that doesn't line up with this expectation.

We lifted up a cup and used that as a symbol of how t…