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