Christmas: Day 4- Elizabeth

Christmas: Day 4- Elizabeth

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Day 4. December 4, 2019

Nativity Companion: Elizabeth

Opening Prayer: God who calls us by name, might we hear you this Advent Season and encounter anew the way that you see us so that we might, in turn, truly see our neighbors. AMEN.

Scripture- Luke 1:16-17

He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God.  With the spirit and power of Elijah he will go before him, to turn the hearts of parents to their children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Reflection:

Feeling badly about yourself? Listen, I got you beat. Yes, sure, I was “righteous” as Luke records, but what else do you know about my story?

I was “barren.”

And I was “getting on in years.”

Nothing like that kind of an introduction:

“Elizabeth, she’s righteous for an old lady who can’t have kids.”

But you know how God works, the introductions and ways of being seen that make us feel most like a scourge on our community become the places where God meets us.

You might have known some of these names in your own life:

“Hey fatty!”

“Hey old man!”

“Hey you jerk!”

As if these are your names. As if this is your worth.

Listen, I can’t fix all of that pain, but I know there is a God who interrupts those introductions and re-frames them:

“This is my beloved one.”

“She’s a gift, just because she is.”

“He’s a mess, but he’s in process and grace is for him too.”

I am Elizabeth. I am a righteous one…just like you.

Questions for Consideration:

  • What unkind names have you been called (and/or called yourself) or what unloving ways do you engage with yourself? What might it be like if you were to hear how God sees and names you? Prayerfully reflect on that today.
  • Think of a person and/or a people group who you see according to some “failure” or cultural definition of their worth…pray that God might give you eyes to see them as God does.

Closing Prayer:

God, thanks for seeing us and loving us and calling us by name. Might we know and find our worth in you and your love, so that we might know and see and love our neighbors too. AMEN.