The angel Gabriel announced to Zechariah that his wife, well beyond childbearing years, would have a son. "Name him John." (Luke 1:13-17) Ever practical, Zechariah demanded proof - of God's messenger - as if a swelling belly would not have been enough. And for his doubt, the father-to-be was struck mute for the next nine months. Elizabeth, on the other hand, acknowledged and praised God for the babe. (Luke 1:23-25) She had the honor of naming her son - not Zechariah as tradition would have dictated, but John. And the pronouncement of the child's name loosed her husband's tongue again. (Isn't he glad she listened and obeyed?)
his own guilt and asked forgiveness. (Luke 23:40-41) Christ, ever the gentleman, even to death, gave each man according to his heart. And that made all the difference.
May we all be wise enough to ask for what we really need this Christmas -