Advent Devotional: Friday, December 2

Dianne Stillwell

First Week of Advent:  Hope
Friday, December  2, 2011

Scripture:  Luke 1:39-56

Mary, who recently was told by Gabriel she would bear God’s own child, was both humbled and perplexed.  She gracefully accepted all the angel had told her, yet she still had questions and concerns.  She did just as we probably would’ve done... sought out someone who could bring her additional peace and comfort.  Cousin Elizabeth.

Elizabeth, being a woman of God and expecting a child, too, was ecstatic to see Mary and provided love and encouragement to her.  (Can’t you just see the reunion?  A long time friend, or cousin, in this case, shows up at the front door, the door opens, and immediately they both scream in delight and embrace!  Smiles cannot be erased and they spend the next several hours/days “catching up” while enjoying good food and each other’s company).

I’m struck by the role Elizabeth played in this drama.  She was Mary’s mentor.  Immediately she affirms all the angel had told Mary and recognized the blessed role Mary had in the lives of all people and in God’s redemptive plan.  Mary needed to hear Elizabeth’s encouraging words.  What comfort she felt because of Elizabeth!  Have you been like Mary, in a tough spot before, and sought council from someone wiser than you?  Who did you seek out?  We often seek out those we know will offer us Godly wisdom, just like Elizabeth.

Elizabeth offered peace and hope for a dear relative and friend.  Have you been “an Elizabeth” to someone else?  Have you provided comfort, affirmation, or peace to someone behind or beside you in this journey of life?  It is God’s plan for all of us to be like Elizabeth, rejoicing with and encouraging others along this journey of life.

Prayer:  God, thank you for all the many “Elizabeths” in my life.  You have put them there for a reason.  They have been your voice when I needed to hear you.  Help me to realize my role as a friend and encourager to all you bring my way.  Thank you for blessing me with opportunities to serve others in your name.  Amen.