Though journeying together is rich and powerful in its ability to sustain us in faith, belief, and hope, there is something to be said about discerning whom we invite to walk alongside us. Mary and Elizabeth were fitting for each other because they truly believed in God’s ability to move beyond their understanding. They shared a similar faith imagination that could hold mystery and divine possibility in the face of what the world would call impossible.
—Enuma Okoro, Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent (Upper Room Books, 2012)
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“Your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
—Luke 1:36-38 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
As we wait, Transforming God, prepare our hearts to receive you.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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