We continue to follow the significant characters in the account of Christ’s birth. From the time of her conception Mary seems to be wrapped up in the thrill of the role she’s been given. It wouldn’t be surprising that her enthusiasm would be infectious.
“At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 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 what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!’” Luke 1:39-45
Imagine the excitement of these cousins. Each of them is carrying a baby conceived in an extraordinary situation. The Holy Spirit undertakes the details of their meeting, bringing joy and confirmation to both mothers even at their mutual greeting. What can we learn from them as we face the confusing, frightening, and challenging circumstances of life?