Luke 1:38-45 "I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Mary Visits Elizabeth
39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
Imagine the moment Mary arrives at Elizabeth's house: their eyes meet, they smile and embrace. Both women know the incredible bond they share. One will give birth to John the Baptist, who will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. The other will give birth to the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Each woman has been blessed by God with a miracle. Elizabeth became pregnant when she was well past her child-bearing years, and Mary became pregnant when she was still a virgin. "For nothing is impossible with God" Luke 1:37
Both Mary and Elizabeth are used by God to fulfill the ancient prophecy of the birth of a Messiah. Amazing circumstances for both women, yet Elizabeth acknowledges Mary as "the mother of my Lord" Luke 1:43 and "blessed among women" Luke 1:42. God revealed to Elizabeth that Mary is the virgin from scripture where it was foretold, "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel". Isaiah 7:14.
Elizabeth was humbled and filled with joy at Mary's presence and the presence of her unborn son, the Son of God.
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Lord, may we be continually humbled and filled with joy at your presence in our role as Mother's
Until next Monday, see you humbly in God's spirit
Monika Simone Drake
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