Read Luke 1:39-45. TEXT: In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-40).
One of the greatest blessings of the Christmas season is the chance to visit with friends and family. These are excellent times to renew old friendships, and bask in the presence of our loved ones. But we often face an awkward time when we first meet. Our lives naturally drift in different directions, and we may find we share less in common now. Sometimes it's hard to find anything to talk about. It can all be a little daunting.
Mary may have felt that fear and intimidation standing before the door of Zechariah's house. Mary knew her pregnancy was innocent and pure, but would the priest and his wife believe it? Would they scold her, perhaps, even reject her?
If she was afraid, God quickly removed that fear. The instant Mary's greeting reached Elizabeth's ears two things happened. The Holy Spirit-filled baby growing in Elizabeth's womb leapt for joy-and the Holy Spirit rushed into Elizabeth. Instantly, she knew Mary was pregnant, and with Whom.
"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?"
All awkwardness was gone, and Elizabeth's warm and enthusiastic greeting was an assurance to Mary.
Do you have travel plans this Christmas? Do you have friends or family to visit? The thing that made Mary's visit to Zechariah and Elizabeth so special was the presence of the Christ Child. Likewise, the thing that will make your Christmas visits so special is the presence of the Christ Child with you. Be sure to keep your focus on Him. After all, He is the Reason for the season!
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, make my Christmas visits joyful and meaningful as I bring along the Christ who offers us peace, joy and eternal hope. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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