John the Baptist (2)

 

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Luke 1:57-80 – What then will this child become?

It was hard enough to hear over the wailing the child made.
Not helped by the silent, gesticulating geriatric or the stubborn first-time matriarch.
At eight days old, already a lifetime of miracles –
an elderly woman defying her womb’s death to give birth
the old priest struck dumb by an angel while in the temple, outspoken doubts                      resulting  in a silent pregnancy of reflection and meditation (and no answering                  back)
but as a new shriek pierces the temple,
his father’s tongue was freed.
In shouting and blood, he receives his name and commission.
John
A new name given, a new path to tread, out of ancestor’s shadows and into a new light
A prophecy unleashed while the babe screams in pain.
What then will this child become?

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