“And at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God” (Luke 1:64).

Though struck dumb by an angel, Zacharias has had nine months to reflect upon the pronouncement that he and Elizabeth would have a child. Even this priest, with the responsibility of proclamation, had to learn the value of silence; that he should be listening as well as teaching; that the things of God are worthy of contemplation and not just explanation. Do you require explanation and understanding before you praise God, or is reflection upon his goodness enough to bring it forth?

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