Elizabeth’s experience [of becoming a mother in old age and of welcoming Mary as the mother of the Messiah] reminds us that God does come to humans like us. Through prophets and priests and friends and relatives, God claims us and tells us that we are loved and worth loving. . . . We all forget those truths, and so we are given the privilege of reminding one another over and over. The grieving person needs someone to say, “You are not alone. I care, and God cries with you and is holding you close.” The child struggling in school needs someone to say, “You are a wonderful person. You are a gift from God, and I am so glad you’re here.” The teenager wracked with self-doubt needs someone to say, “You have wonderful gifts to share with the world, and I am proud of you.” . . . In as many ways as there are people, we need to say to one another from the heart, “Blessed are you. God comes into the world through you.”
—Mary Lou Redding, While We Wait: Living the Questions of Advent (Upper Room Books, 2002)
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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?”
—Luke 1:41-43 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, help us to hear you calling us home during Advent and guide us to set aside time for reflection on the wonder of your Son’s birth. Thank you for the gift of Jesus Christ. Help us to focus on him and to show his compassion and love to others during this season. Amen.
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Show your loved ones how much you care by giving them Spirit Boosters, daily reminders that they still have purpose, no matter their age.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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