Every new parent probably asks some version of the question, “What will become of my child?” Will she be a healthy child? What will he grow up to become? Will her life be marked by peace and happiness? What will be his dominant personality traits? Who does she look like and take after? What will he make of the strange word he has inherited?

I have recently experienced two of my nieces having healthy babies. They join a growing family of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. I’m sure that my mother, now deceased, often wondered about each one of her descendants. She had many descendants for whom she could be grateful.

So many questions and worries from new parents. Elizabeth and Zechariah were no different, as new parents. We refer to their son as John the Baptist, as the precursor of Jesus of Nazareth. We know his place in salvation history.

Praise the Lord

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