Christmas: Day 17-Elizabeth

Christmas: Day 17-Elizabeth

Day 17. December 17, 2019

Nativity Companion: Elizabeth

Opening Prayer:

God, remind us that we aren’t alone. Might we turn towards each other that we might truly carry one another and, in so doing, radiate your love to one another. AMEN.

Scripture:

Luke 1:67-71 (NRSV).

67 Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy: 68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. 69 He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, 70 as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, 71  that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.

Reflection (from Michele Steinke).

I’ve heard about Abraham & Sarah my whole life. As I continued to age and still not conceive, I prayed God would bless me like Sarah. I promised I wouldn’t laugh at the absurdity of little old me having a baby.

When I found out I was pregnant, I WANTED to laugh!  I wanted to cry, too.

It’s actually not easy being known as the pregnant, formerly “barren one”. My spouse couldn’t talk and I was so lonely. Just when I started wishing my prayer hadn’t been answered, my dear cousin Mary arrived – and my baby leapt for JOY inside me!  I could feel God’s Spirit in and through me. I could see God radiating through Mary.

What a gift God gave me on top of the miracle of this child– a FRIEND!  A companion to laugh and cry with in the midst of this crazy story. God loves me. God loves Mary. God has written me into God’s story, and I want everyone to know:

God’s doing the same for them.

Questions for Consideration.

  • What is something in your life that is changing right now? Maybe it is a job or relationship status, maybe it is a familial way of being?
  • In this transition, what makes you want to laugh? What makes you want to cry?
  • How might you be a friend to someone in your life who is in the space of transition? Consider and do a tangible act of loving friendship to remind them they are not alone in the midst of their own crazy story.

Closing Prayer. 

God-with-us, might we be a people who are present to and with one another. AMEN.