Elisabeth and the Christmas Story

22 Dec

Luke 1:42-45, “And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, ‘Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.  And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.  And blessed is she that believed:  for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.” 

Mary goes to see her cousin Elisabeth soon after the angel Gabriel visits her.  Elisabeth is in the sixth month of her pregnancy.  Mary has just conceived.  The Bible is silent about whether Mary faced her parents and Joseph before she left on the trip or afterwards, but on one thing the Bible is adamant.  Elisabeth recognized, without a word, that Mary was going to bear the Messiah.

Either way, whenever Mary told her parents and Joseph about the pregnancy, Elisabeth was given by God to be a rock of strength to Mary.  As a young girl who was probably not yet 16, surely Mary must have had moments of not understanding what was going on.  She may have even doubted that she had heard correctly about what would happen in her womb.  She never doubted God, but she may have doubted herself.  In those moments, the prophetic utterance of her cousin, who confirmed the angel’s words as soon as Mary showed up at her door, must have been like a huge comfortable quilt of faith to Mary.

We all need friends.  We all need encouragement.  One of the greatest treasures God can send us is an encouraging friend.  And God can give us as an encouraging friend to those around us, too.

Let’s be that huge comfortable quilt of faith to our friends when their own faith is sagging.  Never criticize, just hold up the goodness of God, expressed in His Word, until doubts flee and faith returns.

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