As we prepare for celebrating our Lord's birth today's devotion is based on Luke 1: 41, 42, and 44, "And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! ... For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy."
Look at the wonder and happiness Mary and Elizabeth shared! No sooner did Elizabeth hear Mary's voice than she exclaimed with joy, "Why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" (Luke 1:43) Even baby John jumped within his mother's womb. Future woes were put aside. Now was the time to celebrate and be glad at what the Lord had done.
And God calls us to this in our lives today, too. Oh, we have long to-do lists, and much of what we do is critical: caring for sick relatives, working for a living, dealing with family upset, tending to financial problems. But in the middle of all this, God is sending Jesus to us—His own Son, born a human baby, born to save us all. God is doing this because He loves each of us, not the faceless mass of humanity, but you and me. And God is making us His children through Jesus who suffered, died and rose again to give us life. This is the thing the Lord has done; let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Please join me in prayer, Dearest Lord; you came into this world as a helpless baby so that you could live as one of us. Help me to pause and rejoice in how much You love me. In Your blessed name, I pray. Amen.