“Now the time had come for Elizabeth to give birth, and she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and her relatives heard that the Lord had displayed His great mercy toward her, and they were rejoicing with her” (Luke 1:57-58).

Though Zacharias and Elizabeth were advanced in age and, supposedly, beyond “normal” child-bearing years (v.7), the prayer they had long prayed (v.13) was finally answered. It’s but another reminder that only by perseverance do we have the opportunity to see the mercy of God prevail over adverse circumstances in ways unexpected and unimagined. A faith that is steadfast; that sticks around; that keeps swinging; that keeps pushing, this is the one that sees the gracious birth of a new day and the understanding of how all things work together for good.

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