Words of Hope

Good News. No Boundaries

The Way I See It

by: Andrea Poppleton

Zechariah was a priest. As such, he was able to enter the Holy of Holies, the restricted place in the temple where God’s presence dwelled. On this particular day, as Zechariah entered, he was met by an angel. Gabriel had a message for Zechariah: Elizabeth, his barren wife, would bear a son.

But Zechariah was a realist. He had a hard time believing Gabriel’s word. Zechariah looked at himself (an “old man”) and his wife (who was “advanced in years” and barren) and wondered aloud, “How will I know that this is so?” He couldn’t fathom how he and Elizabeth would conceive and bear a child. What Zechariah thought impossible God suddenly made possible, hard as it was to believe.

This Christmas, we too will hear Good News from angels: the God of the universe entered into our world and put on our flesh. But we are also realists. Maybe the Christmas story no longer seems amazing to us. Maybe we have become so entrenched in the culture that this time of year we think mostly about the food we have to prepare or the presents we have to buy. Or maybe we think that the baby in the manger is adorable, but we don’t give him any real place in our lives. Our vision can be blurred in many ways. May the Spirit illumine us this year, so that we see the story anew and believe!