New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.


Today’s Reflection

Read the passage (Luke 1:39-45, 56) aloud again. Imagine yourself in Elizabeth’s place or as someone observing her. Consider her physical and emotional state (six months pregnant, rejoicing that she is pregnant, having to navigate her world with a husband who can’t talk). …

Think about the things that happened to Elizabeth or that she seemed to just do, with little intentionality on her part:

    Her baby jumped inside her.
    She spoke divine truth that seemed to come from nowhere.
    She was filled with the Holy Spirit.

—Jan Johnson, Taste and See: Experiencing the Stories of Advent and Christmas (Upper Room Books, 2014)

Today’s Question

How do you think Elizabeth felt when she greeted her younger relative? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”
—Luke 1:41-42 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Let us release the cares of our day,
and open our eyes to the wonder of God.

With an attitude of empathy to people of another time,
let us open our hearts and minds to God.

Let us prepare to experience God’s word to us
through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer by Jan Johnson
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  • robert moeller Posted December 16, 2022 7:03 am

    Not sure what happened first, Elizabeth’s baby recognizing Mary’s baby or Mary greeting Elizabeth. Most certainly it was a very special moment A lot happens in a very short time. Elizabeth recognizes Mary’s baby as the Messiah when her baby moves. All of this is surprising, startling in a joyous and pleasant way A once never ever to be repeated moment.
    Winter storm watch in effect, it starts tonight into Saturday. Food shopping done. Not a to see what happens.
    Will be glad if it’s all snow..

  • Julie Posted December 16, 2022 9:08 am

    If indeed the words were not her own I would have been astounded that the Lord chose to speak through me and even my unborn child. How validating and awe inspiring.
    I am becoming stronger around h. I do not let him intimidate me anymore and this has been quite a diifucult adjustment for him. Before I married him I was never meek but he stole my voice. Therapy and the divorce proceedings have reinstated not only my voice but also my inner strength.

  • Ally Posted December 16, 2022 10:39 am

    The passage from Luke demonstrates that Elizabeth was filled with great joy and that she was intuned to the Holy Spirit. It may have occurred to her that she and her young cousin had something in common, as both their pregnancies were miraculous events to bring about prophesies which foretold the salvation of Israel and ultimately, the world. I wish we knew what took place in their conversations and interactions.
    David excited at the prospect of coming home. I pray he is ready. He is working hard in therapy and I hope he understands that work must continue. We pray for his continued recovery and restoration of function.
    Prayers for Robert, as his area prepares for the storm. Prayers of thanksgiving for Julie, that she is growing stronger in her dealings with H. Prayers continue for the dog situation. Julie, it’s great To hear that therapy is making you stronger and helped you get back your voice.
    Prayers for Jill as she winds up her semester. Prayers continue for her and her students and colleagues regarding their safety concerns l and for progress made in this area. Prayers for Jill’s spiritual journey and for her friend’s troubled marriage. Prayers also for Lou, April, Rick and Scott, and all who visit this site. I thank my NEM friend for your support and and prayers. Also for your insight into the reasons. You are a blessing.

    • Ally Posted December 16, 2022 10:44 am

      Sorry for the typos. I thank all my friends here for their prayers and insight into the readings, not reasons. Blessings today.

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