As part of our Treasure the Quiet Moments blog series, we are taking time to treasure the Christmas story over the next few weeks. Today, we encounter Mary and Elizabeth.
You can start at the beginning of the story by reading my previous posts about:
Zacharias and Mary have been visited by an angel. Both received earthshaking news. So, let’s continue with the story in Luke 1:39-57
Mary and Elizabeth: Pondering the Christmas Story
After the Angel leaves, Mary hurries to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Something about this story tugs on my heart strings. How many times do we long to talk with someone who is wise and full of grace when we’ve had some unsettling news? Mary faces humiliation from those around her, yet she knows what God has foretold will come true.
When Mary arrives and voices her greeting, the baby in Elizabeth’s womb leaps for joy. What a connection between these two babies even before they are born. I can picture Mary pouring out the story of her angel encounter. I see Elizabeth embracing her in a comforting hug.
Elizabeth’s words embrace Mary as well. She says: Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.
These words are for us too.
Blessed are YOU who believe what God says in His Word.
These two women share something miraculous which will impact the world around them. Neither of them should be pregnant. Yet by the grace of God and the power of the Spirit, they are.
Mary and Elizabeth – An Eternal Connection
The sons that Mary and Elizabeth bear will change the world forever.
Mary’s words then flow from her heart, filled with the Holy Spirit. She speaks in truth about the child she carries. She lives in Elizabeth’s world for three months, knowing that she must go back and face her family—face Joseph—and endure whatever scathing words are slung at her.
But for now, it is just them—girl time that further bonds them together.
And all this time, Elizabeth’s husband Zacharias is silent.
Who do you go to when you need to talk?
What has the Lord said to you through His word? Has He given a promise to hold onto? Will you believe that He will accomplish it?
In just a short amount of time, Mary’s obedience blesses Elizabeth. Think of how her actions will impact others as she continues in quiet confidence of God’s plan.
Do you need an Elizabeth in your life?
Share in the comments about this story of support and friendship. What else do you glean?
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