Father, in the wilderness of the Jordan you sent a messenger to prepare people's hearts for the coming of your Son. Help me to hear his words and repent of my sins, so that I may clearly see the way to walk, the truth to speak, and the life to live for Him, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God.
Zechariah, once he wrote the name of his son, was freed from the silence God imposed on him. The first words he spoke was a blessing to God.
Not just for giving him a son, but for removing the doubt from him. Isn't that what caused his silence in the first place, the stubborness and doubt that God would answer him and not leave him in shame because he had no children.
But Zechariah found his error and praised God for his goodness. John was given to them to become a great prophet to pave the way for the Lord. Zechariah and Elizabeth were chosen to be special parents to a man who teaches us to repent, to clean our hearts.
Now we understand why Zechariah spoke a blessing upon recovering his speech, he realized the greatness of God.
Do we as parent's try to bring up our children in a strong faith with the possibility that God has a great plan for them. Do we as parent's realize our role in God's plan. Are we silenced as Zechariah, because of our own doubts about God and his plan in our lives. Faith is an important part in our lives and it's the one part we are the most silent about.