Advent Thought for Thursday 17th December

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 favoured, 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 the Lord would fulfil his promises to her!”

Luke 1: 39 – 45

This story is of two woman, I older who had almost given up hope of having a child and the other who despite being a virgin has found herself pregnant.

Mary is incredibly anxious and seeks reassurance from the older woman.

When a mother first feels her baby move it is called “quickening “and it is truly amazing and unexplainable. To start with it feels like a fluttering then gradually it becomes bigger and you recognise it is your baby moving. You are the only one who can feel it and it is very reassuring and personal.

So Elizabeth’s reaction to Mary is so reassuring to the younger woman. The expression of her trust in God helps Mary to cope with what is to come for her and her infant. It also reinforces that it is God’s son she is carrying.

This small story also reinforces how important family and friends are to everyone particularly going through major life events.  Asking for their help and guidance nearly always brings reassurance but also asking God’s help is never wrong and while it may not appear at the time helpful there will always be an answer.

Prayer:

Dear Lord we ask you to be with all who need you, particularly those going through major life events.  Guide them with your gentle hands and let them know you are there for them.  Particularly be with pregnant mums and new mums. Grant them peace and knowledge of you love in what can be a difficult but joyous time.

Amen

Action: If you know of someone going through anything for the first time or in need of reassurance, contact them and offer them help, don’t put off till tomorrow.

Particularly if it something you have experienced but let them decide on their action it may not be the same as yours.

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