When Elizabeth was visited by Mary, her joy was overwhelming. Elizabeth recognized that Mary was carrying the Messiah inside her. She was honored to receive Mary, not just because of who Mary was herself, but also because of the One she had inside her.
We meet people every day in our lives. Some we know well, some are acquaintances, and others we may have never seen before. Yet all of them are made in the image of God and carry within them the person of Jesus. If we considered this more frequently, would we act more graciously toward each other? Mary gave birth to the Son of God so that we might be able to be adopted sons and daughters of God. If we thought of this more often, would we be so quick to dismiss someone or ignore him or her?
This time of year is filled with gatherings and parties for many of us. We also find ourselves rushing about getting ready for Christmas. There are so many people that cross our paths. Will we allow the Jesus in us to greet with joy the Jesus in them? Will we pause to offer a greeting or kind word? Instead of looking at them with human eyes, will we try to see them through the eyes of faith like Elizabeth? If not, what is all of this celebration and preparation about anyway?
Daily advent challenge:
Spend an extra 15 minutes in prayer for all those who will be alone this year. Pray that a good steward will give of themselves to ease the pain of solitude and loneliness.