And how he has helped his servant Israel! He has not forgotten his promise to be merciful.
For he promised our ancestors -- Abraham and his children -- to be merciful to them forever."
Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back to her own home.
Now it was time for Elizabeth's baby to be born, and it was a boy.
The word spread quickly to her neighbors and relatives that the Lord had been very kind to her, and everyone rejoiced with her.
When the baby was eight days old, all the relatives and friends came for the circumcision ceremony. They wanted to name him Zechariah, after his father.
But Elizabeth said, "No! His name is John!"
"What?" they exclaimed. "There is no one in all your family by that name."
So they asked the baby's father, communicating to him by making gestures.
He motioned for a writing tablet, and to everyone's surprise he wrote, "His name is John!"
Instantly Zechariah could speak again, and he began praising God.