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39 Mary got up and hurried to a city in the Judean highlands. 40 She entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 With a loud voice she blurted out, “God has blessed you above all women, and he has blessed the child you carry.
When Gabriel, heaven’s messenger, answered Mary’s question about how she could be pregnant when she hadn’t been with a man, he included a telling piece of evidence: “Even in her old age, your relative Elizabeth has conceived a son. This woman who was labeled ‘unable to conceive’ is now six months pregnant. Nothing is impossible for God.” (Luke 1:36-37). Mary, living with a life-changing wonder, “hurried” to visit probably the only other person who might be able to understand.
Today’s Insights blog was the second half of chapter 14, “Elizabeth Said to Her, ‘Blessed Are You…'” 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 of compassion, you called Mary to a unique mission. And yet you did not leave her to face it all alone. Thank you that Elizabeth was a person Mary could trust and confide in. Amen.
* This beautiful title is the section heading for Luke 1:39-56 in Craig S. Keener, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament. Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993.
** Beth Taylor, Portrait “Elizabeth” in The CEB Women’s Bible. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2016, p. 1287.