Saturday, December 22

Luke 1:39-45 (NIV)

At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"

What a relief this moment must have been for Mary! Elizabeth knew right away, Mary did not need to explain all that the angel said, Mary did not have try to convince Elizabeth that she wasn’t making this up. Instead Elizabeth broke forth with a greeting that assured Mary that God was indeed with her. All that had transpired was real, Mary had not imagined this.

Isn’t it nice to have somebody who knows what you are feeling without all of the explanation? Whether we have a person that fits this description or not, we all have God. God knows. God affirms. God assures. God was there for Mary, and God provided Elizabeth to remind Mary that she is not alone.

Pray: Lord. I am not alone. Thank you. Use me to assure others that you are with them. Amen.