Words from the Heart for Saturday December 15th, 2018
Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed.”
Luke 1:42 (NLT)
Blessed Above all
Mary and Elizabeth were two women both pregnant with the plans of God. They could have argued about which part was the most important to the Lord. Mary could have boasted that she was bearing the Christ Child when Elizabeth was just carrying the forerunner for the Christ. But, this is not the way the two women greeted each other. They each were blessed in realizing that they were a unique part of God’s plan.
Dio Gama’s baseball dream of playing for Canada in the Little League World Series became a reality after all. Gama was born in Las Vegas and has American citizenship. His parents are Mexican and are seeking refugee status in Canada. It took the intervention of the Minister of Immigration to assure Dio that if we went to play in Williamsport Pennsylvania he would be allowed back into Canada. Dio said “I feel amazing. I am really blessed and so thankful for everyone who helped make this happen.”
It was the longing of every Jewish young woman to be the mother of the Messiah. They lived godly, obedient lives hoping that the Lord would choose them. So when Mary was chosen to be the mother of the Saviour, she must have been overwhelmed, and overjoyed. Others recognized just how special Mary’s role would have been. When Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth, Elizabeth says this to Mary in Luke 1:42: “Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed.” Mary was blessed above all women, and Christians the world over honour her for her godliness and piety. What a great privilege and overwhelming responsibility. What amazes me about Mary is her humility through all of this. The Bible records her humbly accepting God’s call – in spite of the embarrassment it would cause, and the great responsibility it would bear. Each of us who love the Lord are called to the same level of acceptance and willingness to be obedient to the call of God for our lives. How are you responding to God’s call in your generation?
These have been words from the heart.