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Elizabeth to Mary:
42 With a loud voice she blurted out, “God has blessed you above all women, and he has blessed the child you carry. 43 Why do I have this honor, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. 45 Happy is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill the promises he made to her.”
Mary in response:
54 He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,
remembering his mercy,
55 just as he promised to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to Abraham’s descendants forever.”
56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months, and then returned to her home.
Sometimes details tell the story. Gabriel told Mary that Elizabeth was six months pregnant (cf. Luke 1:36). Mary stayed with Elizabeth “about three months.” 6+3=9—likely until John the Baptist was born to Elizabeth (Luke reported that birth in Luke 1:57-80). Surely young Mary helped Elizabeth a lot in practical, physical ways, as well as emotional and spiritual ways, in the last months of pregnancy. Their relationship, like all strong ones, wasn’t one-sided but depended on mutual sharing and helping.
Today’s Insights blog was chapter 17, “Who Is Your Mary? Who Is Your Elizabeth?” from The Journey: A Season of Reflections, by Adam Hamilton. Copyright © 2011 by Abingdon Press, and available on our website for 24 hours by permission of Abingdon Press. If you’d like to buy the entire book of reflections, you can click here for a direct link to the Cokesbury sale page, as well as other Journey resources.
God, keep reminding me that you kept your promises to Elizabeth and Mary—and that you still do that today. Give me opportunities to give to others as Elizabeth and Mary gave to one another. Amen.