Why Me: Day 1 Reflection
The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold
5 In the time of Herod king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 6 Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. 7 But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.
Think about one or two people whom you would describe as “righteous before God.” What traits and attitudes describe them? How are they different from one another?
Which of the traits and behaviors that you listed above most challenge you to greater faithfulness? Which ones are you growing in?
Elizabeth and Zechariah were “getting on in years.” It was almost too late for them to become parents. Do you feel it is too late in your life to do or accomplish some things? What dreams that you once held on to do you now think may not come to reality?
What dreams from earlier years have come true for you? Having a home and a family? Getting a particular job? Learning a skill?
Think of some older saints, people you know who are “getting on in years.” Hold them before God in prayer, in gratitude for their faithfulness and their example. Consider how you can let them know the importance of their role in your community of faith.
Pray a breath prayer.
For a breath prayer until your next time of reflection, consider praying, “God of dreams, ﬁll me with excitement.”