“In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.” Luke 1:39-40 (ESV)
There is something comforting about being able to go through a circumstance or situation with someone who knows what you are going through. A miracle has taken place within Mary, but all her culture can see is a pregnant girl who is not married. I am certain she experienced some alienation as many could not understand her situation or rejoice with her in it. Yet, Mary’s cousin Elizabeth was pregnant with her own supernatural miracle. She was very old and had been unable to have children her entire life. In the midst of all of the emotions that Mary was feeling, she was able to find comfort and understanding in the company of family. There is something about Christmas that seems to create opportunities to extend love and comfort to one another in the midst of extreme lows and celebrate with one another over the most joyous of times. I am sure Mary appreciated the encouragement that Elizabeth offered her. Sometimes we need someone to talk to who understands what we are going through. Unfortunately, there are many that lack an outlet to share their pains, struggles, highs, and lows.
Points to Ponder:
May this Christmas season be a chance to reach out to that neighbor in need. Step out and be the hands and feet of Jesus and bring hope to those that need it most. Whether it is a family member who just needs a shoulder to cry on, a friend that needs encouragement, or a stranger who needs to know that someone cares. Whoever the person, whatever the circumstance, there’s always comfort in Jesus, and He is the gift we all need.
God, I want to be Your hands and feet. Open my eyes to the needs around me. Let me be a vessel for You. Help my words bring comfort and life to those I meet. Thank You Jesus for being Our Healer, Our Comforter, Our Peace and Our Hope. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.