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?
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,