Read Psalm 122. TEXT: And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home (Luke 1:56).
Three delightful months. Mary and Elizabeth had three months together to speak about God's gracious work in their lives. They could talk about the future when their sons would step forward and proclaim the grace of God. It was a wonderful time of comfort, support and spiritual growth for Mary.
But all good things must come to an end. Three months went by and Elizabeth reached full term. With the birth of John due any day, it was time for Mary to leave that sanctuary and return home-to her betrothed husband Joseph, who will consider divorcing her when he learns she is pregnant (see Matthew 1:18-25), where neighbors might well gossip and falsely judge her.
Christmas is drawing close, and we should take time to pause and relish the wonders of this season. Though our neighbors may not realize it, their Christmas lights point us to Jesus Christ, the Light of the world. Their decorations remind us that Jesus Christ has beautified us with His own holiness and purity.
Soon enough church decorations will go back into storage and our lives will return to normal. Now is the time to bask in the glory and wonder, especially as we approach the soft, warm, wonder of Christmas Eve, and the joyous celebration of our Savior's birth Christmas morning. Why not plan to spend those special hours with your family in Christ, coming to His house to remember and celebrate His birth for you?
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help me treasure these days and moments when we celebrate Your unfathomable love and grace in sending Your Son. Gather us together into Your house this Christmas Eve and Morning so that together-as Your family-we might fill each other with joy, love and peace, through Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.
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