Her current research centers on John Calvin, ecclesiology, and feminist theology. Dustyn is also an ordained minister of Word and sacrament in the Reformed Church in America and previously served as a pastor at North Holland Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. Bonnie J. Russell January 1, 2017 at 2:15am. Amen. The angel also told her of her cousin Elizabeth’s pregnancy in her old age. Their encouragement and support for one another leads to some of the most beautiful words of praise to the Lord in Mary’s Magnificat. We meet Elizabeth first. Emmanuel - God with us! Another is the older woman, Elizabeth, (the angel said she was in her OLD age), barren for so long, who is also carrying a miracle baby who says, "The Lord has done this for me. Do you so encourage their hearts that they are ready to praise God? May everything you have said about me come true.”  And then the angel left her. In the opening chapter of Luke, not one, but two women of faith experience miraculous pregnancies. Right after Mary's encounter with the angel and she says yes to this virgin miracle, yes to carrying Jesus, the Savior and King, scripture tells us: "In those days Mary set out and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judah where she entered Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth. This is an amazing mentorship and encouragement programme! The two were relatives of some sort, and both were pregnant by a miracle of God—Elizabeth in her old age and Mary in virginity. "In those days Mary set out and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judah where she entered Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth. Attach a picture of the dish your recipe describes how to make. There are coffee moments with people and then there is the investment of more time. . Theme by 17th Avenue. When people are with you, do you make them want to sing? God has placed them there for you to specifically pour into, to do life with, to encourage, to strengthen their faith, to invest in deeply. 3. God puts people in our lives that require focused time. And in that moment of encouragement, the Spirit inspires them further to declare the Lordship of Christ and to celebrate God’s good deeds to all God’s people! Husband stuff. She reminds Mary that she is blessed, not just because she bears this child, but because she is a young woman of faithfulness. When Mary is understandably astonished, the angel tells her about Elizabeth’s unexpected pregnancy, presumably to reassure her or confirm the possibility of such a miracle. And, in response to Elizabeth’s words, Mary speaks in poetic verses (as so many prophets do), a song reminiscent of Hannah’s prayer in 1 Samuel 2:1–10. . Am, http://www.thespeckledgoatblog.com/2016/12/advent-jesus-understands.html, Competitiveness and Rivalry {Be Set Free} - Milk and Honey Faith, « The Perfect Gift: Journaling Bibles and Daily Planners, Why We Need to Become as Little Children ». There is an unseen ar, How wonderful it is when God places a new vision w, The Word of God is the only offensive part of our, Perspective.⁣ Words of life. Thank you for your beautiful words of wisdom!! There were so many words Elizabeth could have said: I am sure all these were running through Mary's mind, but Elizabeth didn't speak these words, she spoke words of blessings. I imagine her running all the way. And Mary stayed with her three months; and then she returned home." Can you imagine the energy and excitement in the room as these two women share this inspiring Spirit-filled moment together? She encourages Mary by celebrating her faith as well as her role as mother of Jesus. It requires time in prayer and time in scripture. She calls him “Lord,” the same word she has just used to speak of God. Scripture says they spent three months together. We often hear the various parts of this story in isolation from each other. I image she sang these words as an expression of her worship and praise. It is making me emotional thinking about what I do now, and the rest of the work that needs to be done. He told her of the motherhood of an old … Mary is blessed for believing the Lord’s promises. Lead as one who gives people a reason to praise God. In this way, Elizabeth’s words anticipate Jesus’s blessing of those who hear the word of the Lord and obey (Luke 11:28). - Luke 1:39-40 & 56. I believe Mary left Elizabeth's home a stronger and more confident woman in her faith and in her future. May God continue to bless Propel, as you have been a blessing to others, in Jesus Name. When Mary and Elizabeth meet, the Spirit inspires them to more fully understand God’s action in their own lives and in the world. We ask you to provide your email so that we can let you know we received your submission and follow up with you if we have questions or need clarification on anything.