Luke 1:5-7 NIV
In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron.  Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly.  But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.
In our age which promotes the young and overlooks the old, I love that the Christmas story begins with this elderly couple, Elizabeth and Zechariah. They may have felt that these latter years of their life were neither noticed nor particularly fruitful – but God sees and has a vital plan for them! No one is insignificant to God or without a role in building his Kingdom – and that includes YOU. I also can’t help but see an echo here of God starting the family of God in the Old Testament through Abraham and Sarah; through Zechariah and Elizabeth, God is renewing his people, and opening the way for a new covenant or relationship with him.
Thank you Father for your Christmas plan – and thank you that we have a part in it too.