All who heard them pondered them and said, “What then will this child become?”. Lk 1:66
Have you ever considered how much time you spend dwelling on the question, “What will become?” What will become of our country is a question produced by every presidential election. On New Year’s Eve, our question will be, what will become of us in the new year? What will become of our work, of our life, of our relationships?
Since the first moment I held our children in my hands, I’ve wondered what will become of them. At first, I worried about their physical vulnerability. Then I worried about their emotional vulnerability. Now, as adults, I worry about their chances of prosperity, security and finding enduring joy. One worry gets added to another and then all of them are placed deep within my soul. These worries lead me to pray, Lord, what will become of my children?
In today’s reading, a promise made to Elizabeth and Zachariah is remembered. A child is born. People want to call him, Zachariah, which means, “God remembers.” However, Zachariah breaks custom and chooses a name outside of the family tradition, John, meaning, “God shows favor.” Given all the divine intervention associated with this child, it is an appropriate name. Perhaps knowing the child is favored by God gives peace to his parents. But the people around still wonder, what will become of this child?
We know what becomes of John. His life was not easy and it did not end well. Still, no matter what happened to him, John was never afraid. He lived free because he knew the favor of the Lord was upon him. I will be thinking of about this tomorrow evening when we sing, “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.” What will become of any of us? I don’t know, but all my hopes and fears are met in Christ. He pours out upon us the favor of the Lord, so we might live free.
Click to read: Luke 1: 57-66
Reflection Questions: How would you complete this sentence today, What will become of…? Where do you find anxiety building in your life? What do you hope happens to calm these anxieties? What does it mean to live free because the favor of the Lord is upon you?
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