Read Luke 1 today.

Luke 1:76-79 NLT[76] “And you, my little son, will be called the prophet of the Most High, because you will prepare the way for the Lord. [77] You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins. [78] Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, [79] to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.”
Luke 1 begins the story of Jesus’ birth. It includes not only Jesus’ birth, but also that of John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin. John’s father spoke words about his son and what he would do. Although this is prophecy, inspired by the Holy Spirit, it made me wonder about Zechariah’s hopes and dreams for his son. Do these words represent those hopes and dreams as well?
And what are our hopes and dreams for our children and grandchildren. Is our primary hope that they will be successful? Or healthy? Or happy? What about godly? I think about the conversations I have had with God about our children and grandchildren. I can think of no greater hope or dream than that, as they live their lives, they ‘prepare the way for the Lord’ and ‘tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins.’