Day 17 – December 13
But why am I so favored, 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. [Luke 1:43-44 NIV]
Today’s scripture comes from the account of Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth. Elizabeth is six months pregnant with a son who will become known as John the Baptist. Mary had recently come to grips with the holy purpose assigned – the mother of the Messiah!
The phrase spoken by Elizabeth “why am I so favored” is particularly striking. It resonates with me. I’m not special. I’m content in my life. I’m just trying to lead an obedient life with no expectation of uniqueness. Then bam! It isn’t just Mary visiting. Jesus was showing up in both Elizabeth’s and baby John’s lives. The natural extension of this realization is that Jesus shows up in all our lives. We simply have to open the door of our heart and let Him in!
Heavenly Father, I am so grateful for your presence in my life. As I continue this journey of preparing You room, I pray that I feel favored and joyful as I reflect on Your arrival. Father, I ask that everyone in our Church family appreciates their individual favored status, and Your love this Christmas. Amen.
Written by: Bev Carbert