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Fathers and sons
Monday, December 19, 2005
Their babies were born within months of each other. As mothers they exchanged stories about their boys, questions and answers about raising them, and frustrations, no doubt, with their husbands.
In all these long sunny days of growing, God's preparation might have gone unnoticed but for the words given to Zechariah and Mary. Gabriel spoke to them both. The angel's words were clear to them both. God's hand was heavy upon their boys.
Zechariah was skeptical, so Gabriel made him mute until the day of his son's birth. This priest could no longer read the Torah to his people. But when John was born, Zechariah's tongue was loosed. He praised God, and he prayed to God, and he waited with joy for the day John would turn the hearts of the fathers to their children. His was turned already.
Kahlil Gibran echoes the words of Gabriel in his talk "On Children" (http://tyros.leb.net/gibran/):
They come through you but not from you,
Lord as I grow ... loosen my grip on what I think I own. Let me hold the arrows you give me loosely, and see their path with your eyes.