Prayer: Thank you for those who share our joys and understand our struggles. Together there is faith, hope and love as you, Lord, are with us, too. We sing your praise. Amen
Reading: Luke 1: 39-55 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: On the last Wednesday of the month, I gather with a few women friends for dinner. We arrive with haste and stories to tell, particularly from the past month. This recent gathering was just after Thanksgiving where I shared the joys of seeing almost all my closest family members (missed a sister-in-law, nephew and his wife) and also the struggles of a flat tire and furnace breakdown (neither of which left us in a total lurch and both got fixed without a hitch so it was only more to be thankful for at Thanksgiving). We also exchanged Christmas gifts and one I received was a decorative pillow embroidered with the lyrics, Soon it will be Christmas day! The giver told me she chose it because I sing a lot. So I began singing Silver Bells.
Reminds me of Mary and Elizabeth. Mary went with haste to Elizabeth to share the news the Messiah, the Savior of the Jews, was on the way. Elizabeth, before she even heard, felt that joy within her. Surely there was also a caring understanding of the position Mary was in with what seemed to be an untimely pregnancy. And with that, Mary sang a song of praise - the Magnificat.
Mary and Elizabeth. Last Wednesday Women. Faith, hope and love. Emmanual - God with us.
-- Ruth Gates
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