Comparison is the thief of joy! Unfortunately, too many of us compare our lives with the posts of other people on Facebook. And this time of year, it can be especially hard if our holidays are not as joyful, our family gatherings not as happy, our homes not as beautifully decorated, or our vacations not as fancy. It can be easy to become depressed by all these comparisons as opposed to embracing the good gifts God has given to us.
Today as we begin our Advent season, we consider the way childless Elizabeth and Zachariah must have compared themselves to others. They desperately wanted a child and yet being older they must also have thought that their opportunity had passed them by. But little did they know that they would soon be expecting to be part of God’s plan of announcing the Messiah’s coming.