Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mary and Elizabeth


39 Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
(Luke 1:39-45, New King James Version)

Mary and Elizabeth

I love this interchange between Mary and Elizabeth. Hearing the news that Elizabeth was pregnant, Mary hurried to visit with her. As soon as Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, her baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"

Elizabeth continued with this prophecy for Mary.

"Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months--just think of the time they had together discussing the miraculous way God was working in their lives. What is most impressive is their immediate acceptance and faith of God's working in their lives.

Oh, to have that kind of faith in our own daily lives! I am the world's worst at becoming agitated or worrying over events that are going on in my life or the lives of my family members. Why is that? Why do we spend so much time being stressed by the events of our lives.

This same God is alive and at work in our lives as well. Nothing that God has ordained to come to pass will fail; everything is according to His great love and mercy. His plan for man continues to advance exactly on schedule.

As we think of the miraculous events of the Christmas story, especially of the faith of Mary and Elizabeth, may we, too, be filled with joy that God has so worked in the lives of man that His only Son came to this earth, born as a baby, for the sole purpose of saving a people for himself.

How amazing is that?

God Bless You,
Linda

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