Monday, December 16, 2013

Elizabeth Surprised, A Christmas Meditation

I write about women--historical, living, and fictional. It's no wonder then that Christmas finds me contemplating the blessed event of Jesus birth, life, resurrection, and provision for our salvation through the eyes of the women in Jesus' earthly life. In this case, Elizabeth, a relative to Mary, the mother of Jesus.

I thought I knew God.
Then He surprised me.
Me, well along in years, ripe with child?
A son.

When Mary stood before me
bright as afternoon sunshine,
I knew God’s gift of surprise had touched her life, too.
Each of us carrying sons.
Mine, the preparation for God’s Way,
Who was already thriving in my relative’s womb.

Both of us blessed women.
Subjects of God’s surprising ways.

© 2013 Mona Hodgson

Read Elizabeth’s Story: Luke 1:5-25, 39-80
Verse to Contemplate: "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." Matthew 26:41
Points to Ponder: Elizabeth’s age was of little consequence to God and His ability to engage her in His Divine purposes. The same is true of you. No matter how young or old you might be or feel, God has a plan for you. We don't have to feel qualified or able. God is capable. Always. Be ready. Look for His surprising ways.
Merry Christmas to you and yours! In this holiday season and in the New Year  fast upon us, may God's surprising ways delight and comfort you, equip and inspire you.
In God's amazing grace,


  1. Wonderful post, Mona. Thanks for the reminder He can use anyone--even me. :)

  2. Thanks, Crystal. Good to see you here. Blessings, and Merry Christmas!

  3. Great post, Mona. As I worked on a "speech" for my church's Ladies Christmas Luncheon, that same idea struck me. Another thing about Elizabeth struck me. It says in Luke 1:41, that when Elizabeth saw Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. Now, babies do a lot of in utero gymnastics. Baby John must have been doing some massive cartwheels for Elizabeth to make a note of it and tell Luke (or whoever wrote the source Luke used).

    Just a thought... Thanks again for posting. I love the picture.

  4. Good to see you here, Lora. Glad you enjoyed the poem. Blessings, and Merry Christmas!

  5. What a beautiful poem and thoughts you have shared, Mona! Thank you so much!

    1. Good to see you here, Britney. Thank you!, and Blessings!

  6. Thank you for the wonderful post. Mona, the poem is beautiful.

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    1. Hi, Melanie. Glad you enjoyed a post. Merry Christmas, and a Blessed New Year!