“And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time” (Luke 1:20).

Zacharias’s disbelief emerges from a common malady of God’s people — a lack of imagination. He had fallen into a pattern of pessimism; a habit of hopelessness; a disposition of despair. He could not envision an existence any different than the one to which he awakened each day. Advent and the birth of Christ is ever before us as a reminder of God’s intrusion into our world and lives. As unlikely as even this seems, it beckons us to imagine unimaginable possibilities as we faithfully pursue the One making all things new.

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