Mentor and Guide

Read Luke 1: 39-45

Mary found out she was pregnant and left town. Did her parents send her away? Were they concerned about her reputation? Did she leave on her own? Was she worried for her safety? Or did she just need the assurance of a mentor and guide? Who better to seek out than her cousin Elizabeth? She was carrying a miracle baby of her own.

It was a long hard journey to and from Elizabeth's house. By the time she arrived, Mary would have been exhausted from many days of difficult and dangerous travel. But it was worth it. Elizabeth provided immediate assurance.

“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 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.”

What a wonderful and much-needed affirmation this must have been for Mary. And what a perfect mentor Elizabeth must have been. While they were both enduring their first pregnancies, Elizabeth and Mary were at opposite ends of the spectrum of life. I can only imagine the valuable friendship that must have developed between the two of them— preparation for a difficult life ahead.

Thank you, Lord, for those willing to serve as guides along the journey. Point us to those in need of our guidance. Amen.

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!

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. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” ~

Luke 1: 41-45

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