Advent Challenge Day 7

18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”
19 The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”
21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. 22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.
23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 25 “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”  Luke 1:18-25 (NIV)

In today’s verses, Elizabeth could not have a child.  However, even though she was late in years, the Lord blessed her with a son.  Elizabeth said that the Lord “has shown his favor.”  

God has shown each of you his favor by blessing you with a special gift or talent that is unique to you. Some of you have overcome great adversity and have an inspiring story to share.  Others have a beautiful voice that can sing praises.  Some of you are artistic and can create beauty from scraps.  Others have the gift of service - you love to serve and care for others. Some people are gifted with living things- you can grow flowers or nurture animals.  

God has shown you his favor so that you can use your gifts and talents to bless and love others.  How can you use your talent today?  How can you show favor to someone?  Sign up to volunteer at a non-profit, volunteer to read to elementary kids, volunteer to lead a fundraiser for an organization you love, create a beautiful piece of art to give away, write words of poetry for someone you love, or bake a treat for someone that is hungry.  Be creative and think of an inspiring way that you can use your talents to help others. 

Many of us also have an abundance of material possessions.  How can you share your abundance with others?  Consider donating to a toy drive or donating food to a food pantry.  

Share your experiences in the comments.  


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