Read Luke 1:57-66.
What then will this child become?
Our scripture reading for the day ends with a question that I believe sums up our childhood through our college years. What then will this child become? From an early age we are continually asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I know for me, and likely for others, my answer went through a number of different choices as I grew older. Eleven-year-old me wanted to be a scientist, while twenty-one-year-old me was really unsure what I wanted to do with my life. In life there are direction changes. We change majors, careers, and the locations where we live.
John’s relatives and neighbors asked this question in response to his parent’s radical departure from the tradition in naming children. His father’s declaration that “his name is John” challenged their tradition, but shows us that this child was unique and known by God, just as each of us are. This season remember that, while the “What then will this child become” may change, you are, and will always be, known by the one who created and formed you.
Lord of all, today you awaken us to new mercies. Give us the assurance that you know us by name, and have a plan for our lives. Surround us with a community that encourages us to follow You. Strengthen our hearts, when fears and uncertainties of the future creep in. In the name of Jesus, we pray, Amen.
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