An Advent Reflection by David French.
Luke 1:57-58 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. Her neighbours and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.
The story of Elizabeth’s conception and John’s birth is one of those gentle accounts in the gospels of intimacy among close family and friends, and in their relationships with God, which still resonate today. Here is our God showing ‘great mercy’ to one who had made it her life to come to know and trust him, whose husband lost the power of speech because he refused to believe such improbable news, and whose friends ‘rejoiced with her’ at the extraordinary news of John’s birth. Imagine the celebration.
We remember Elizabeth most for a life lived, in the end, to bring another person into the world: as Jesus’ baptist, John became one of the great figures in the Christian story.
That we may continue to discover, day by day, what can happen when we are prepared to trust in God’s unimaginable love.
What can we do to help another person to be and become their best?
You can read all of the Advent Reflections via the following link – Advent Reflections 2019.