Pastor Greg made a point Sunday in his message, "Grace in the Gap", that stuck with me all this week. Zacharias and Elizabeth were blameless before God. Not that they were perfect or sinless, as we see clearly when we read through chapter 1 of Luke, but blameless. They received a precious gift toward the end of their life. A son in their later years after a lifetime of childlessness. While their peers raised families and knew the joys and struggles that came with children and grandchildren, Zacharias and Elizabeth focused on "walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord" even as they prayed for God to send them a son. Although those long years must have been difficult, God answered their prayer, and their faith was rewarded at last. When the day came to name their precious boy, they could easily have glorified Zacharias' name by giving that same name to their son. In fact, their friends and family assumed that would be the case. But as pastor said Sunday, "when we ascribe glory or praise to anyone or anything else, it is an affront to a righteous God." Both Zacharias and Elizabeth knew that their son already had a very appropriate name. His name is John, which is translated, "Jehovah is a gracious giver". They formed their attitude toward God, even in their struggle, even when under reproach as Zacharias was during those months of silence, into an attitude consistent with repentance. They remained grateful for the gifts and grace God chose to give them, and eager to glorify His name. When we feel like we are being forgotten, as Elizabeth may have felt, or when we are under reproach for unbelief as Zacharias was, we can decide to glorify God and be grateful for His grace toward us.