“Mary didn’t waste a minute.” Luke 1:39 (The Message Bible)
After Angel Gabriel visited Mary (and announced that she had won the lottery and would be carrying the Messiah), Mary got up (perhaps she had fainted) and went to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, (who had never been able to conceive), and found her pregnant, also.
Imagine the conversations they must have had! “Elizabeth, how did you get pregnant after all these years of trying to have a baby?” … “Mary, you say you and Joseph never had sex? That’s hard to wrap around my brain!”
According to Luke, Elizabeth already knew something special had happened to Mary. Verse 41 says, “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped.” Then she said to Mary, “Why am I so blessed that the mother of my Lord visits me?” Whatever the cousins did during Mary’s three-month visit was not recorded in the Bible. Knowing what it is like to be pregnant, perhaps they spent time resting and praising God for their blessings.
These days, Advent is a little like being pregnant, in which I spend more deliberate time waiting, wondering, and preparing a place in my heart for the baby that I already know exists. Cookies, cards, and shopping just seem to happen, except this year with no cookies baked and cards still waiting to be addressed.
Lord, show us how to be more like Mary and Elizabeth, celebrating joy instead of rushing through the Season of Advent. Amen.