Zechariah, a priest and John the Baptist’s father, prayed for years that he and his wife Elizabeth would have a child. Despite their old age, Zechariah was met by the angel with messages from God that would rock his world and bring the announcement that changes ours.
First, Gabriel told Zechariah that his son would be great in the sight of God. And, as if that wasn’t enough, he told Zechariah that his boy would be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he was born (Luke 1:15)! Zechariah initially questioned that news and, as a consequence for his unbelief, God took his voice away (a very essential need for someone serving as a priest). Ultimately, however, Zechariah was obedient and trusted God. As a result, he was given back his voice along with a song of prophesy—a marvelous Glory Story—to shout out about the greatest rescue mission ever told (Luke 1:68-79).
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The following Glory Story was contributed by Jennifer Greene who facilitated a Finding Glory Group earlier this year at McLean Bible Church (Loudoun Campus) in Virginia. Jennifer, along with six other moms who have children with special needs, met monthly using the Finding Glory study package. Larry and I had the privilege of visiting with part of the group over coffee prior to the 2013 Accessibility Summit in April. It was easy to be inspired by these moms who, despite extraordinary challenges, are working to build encouraging, Christ-centered relationships in their lives and put their focus on God’s Word. Their husbands and children are receiving the spill-over of that blessing too. Please say a prayer for these families today.
“During our mom’s small group the other day, I shared about wanting to really press in to Jesus and have a deeper and richer relationship. I feel that I want to be overwhelmed by Him. I so often say I’m overwhelmed by my life’s circumstances but I feel that Jesus is saying, “Why not be overwhelmed by ME??!!!”
So I’ve been thinking: What if we pressed in and became overwhelmed by our magnificent Savior? Isn’t it possible that he is BIG enough to overwhelm us with his love so that we don’t feel so completely burdened by our children’s disability?
The moms agreed that this is possible but, in all honesty, they admitted that they were just too numb from life to even want to press in and seek God for something like this.
I thought that this is a reality for so many of us.
We love God but we suffer under the weight of our child’s disability. But God didn’t allow our children to have disabilities so that we could travel a road of suffering until we die then have joy only when we get to heaven! Shouldn’t we be overwhelmed by God’s goodness and love right here in the midst of our circumstances? Isn’t that the ultimate testimony to our Sovereign God?”
WRIM: Based on the challenges associated with this type of ministry, how would you like people to be praying for you or your organization?
Tasha: I would say our biggest ongoing prayer is for more people who feel called to lead with Capernaum to do so. The commitment of our leadership team is really what sets Capernaum apart, and we really can only reach as many kids well as the number of leaders we have. Another prayer would be for parents to find out about the ministry. Most of how people find out is word-of-mouth. I know there are a TON of kids in the metro that don’t know about Capernaum, and I just pray that people that need to hear about it would somehow.
Our thanks to Tasha for sharing her inspiring story and helping us learn about the opportunities! Remember friends, Young Life is worldwide so go here and find a group near you where you can serve and/or help a young person get involved!