December 19

Luke 1:43-45

“And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” vs. 45

Elizabeth speaks from experience. In the first of Luke’s nativity stories she had been the heroine. Even though her husband Zechariah doubted, in her old age she had conceived and was very pregnant when Mary showed up at her doorstep. The story as Luke tells it is touching. Two women, one very old and one very young, both pregnant and both thrilled at what had happened. Elizabeth focuses on the blessing that comes with belief–and she’s right! Some of us know the feeling. There is much in our lives that is unfulfilled–we don’t yet know everything that is going to happen. So much is a mystery! But still we have confidence that there will be goodness in our future, that surprises will come our way, and perhaps most importantly, that death is not the end. None of those things have yet happened, but when we trust that the promises will be fulfilled, there are enormous blessings that come to us in the present. It is so good to live with a positive spirit of anticipation, to trust that God has good things in mind for us, and to know that the Christ within us is going to bear fruit. How sad it is when folks choose instead to look on the dark side and continually doubt that the divine promises will be fulfilled! It’s like believing that it will always be winter and never Christmas!

Thought for the Day: When is my trust level at the highest?

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