Read Luke 1:39-56
Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth right after Mary found out she was pregnant with Jesus.
Mary barely gets out a greeting before her excited cousin responds. With John leaping in her womb, Elizabeth loudly exclaims, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:42b-43).
Elizabeth is humbled to be in the presence of God’s Son. Like Elizabeth, when we come into our church where God meets with us in His Word, in baptismal water, and in the bread and wine, we should ask who are we that the Lord has come to us? We are undeserving sinners, but in His love and compassion Christ comes to us to wash us and make us clean.
Mary shares Elizabeth’s humility, and bursts out in her own song of joy at God’s grace. Mary is amazed that God has chosen to exalt someone so humble and lowly like hen Seeing her God more clearly, Mary cannot help but rejoice.
Mary ended up spending three months with Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah. They shared a special Christmas visit as they spoke of their sons and the gracious work God would accomplish through them. And all the time, Jesus was present there with them – growing in Mary’s womb.
Sometimes our Christmas gatherings with family and friends aren’t as close and open as we would like. Perhaps some of your family and friends don’t share your faith, priorities, and values. That’s why God has provided us another family: a Christian family at church. When we are gathered together with them we can share the true meaning of this glorious season and the special Savior whose birth we celebrate. May you treasure the time spent with Christ’s family just as Mary and Elizabeth did.
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, though we are totally unworthy, we thank You for gathering us into a family of Your sons and daughters through Jesus Christ, Your Son. Help us truly rejoice together as we share the glad tidings of Your wondrous salvation – just as Mary and Elizabeth did. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.