December 21 Day One of Week Four – A Promise That Changes the World
Luke 1:39-45 Mary Visits Elizabeth
At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
Reflection Excerpt: Mary hurrying to Elizabeth was a moment of faith meeting faith, cousin meeting cousin, friend meeting friend. Both have had extraordinary things happen to them and their conversation had to be one of coming to grips with how radically their lives were changing. There also had to be a “Glad we have each other, because who else would understand these odd events that have happened to us” bonding moment. Mary needed someone to tell her “You can do this,” and Elizabeth likely needed someone to say, “You’re not too old to have a child. You and Zechariah will be great parents.” In this story of a miraculous birth, God has stirred in a testimony to friendship. Aristotle said, “What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.”
Dear God, Thank you for the story of Mary and Elizabeth’s friendship tucked into the story of Jesus’ birth, in a place we would be sure to notice. Thank you for the reminder of the value of friendship. Help us to never take it for granted or let too much time slip through the folds of our friendships and to always be an impeccable friend. In this season of anticipation, give us the boldness to tell our friends how much they mean to us. Wrapped in the gift of friendship, Amen.
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