Zechariah's and Elizabeth's friends and neighbors knew this child John was a special child. But then, isn't every child remarkable? Parental love asks, "What is this child going to be and do?" “...Some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work" (2 Timothy 2:20,21). Surely we want to prepare our child for noble purposes so he or she will be useful to God and to others.
It was the question of the neighbors and of all who had heard the amazing story, "What will this child turn out to be?" Every child is a bundle of possibilities. There was an old Latin schoolmaster who always bowed gravely to his class before he taught them. When he was asked why, he answered, "Because you never know what one of these lads will turn out to be." The entry of a child into a family is two things. First, it is the greatest privilege which life can offer a man and his wife. It is something for which to thank God. Second, it is one of life's supreme responsibilities, for that child is a bundle of possibilities, and it depends on parents and teachers how these possibilities will or will not be realized.
God fill thee with his heavenly light
To steer thy Christian course aright;
Make thee a tree of blessed root
That ever bends with heavenly Fruit.
"For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his Name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation" (Luke 1:49). Mary's great song of submission is sublime and every potential mother may sing it, for surely the birth of a child is sublime. Oh! that we could praise and thank God for our blessed issue that we now call tissue! May God forgive us for our disrespect of His precious gifts.