Advent Reflections: Day 11

Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Most blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”
And Mary said:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.”

Luke 1:39-47

See yourself on the road as Mary, the mother of God, greets her cousin, Elizabeth. Imagine the feeling that swept over Elizabeth the moment she saw Mary, the feeling of joy and peace and excitement. Elizabeth knew the moment she saw Mary the gravity of it all. She identified on a number of levels with her cousin. She knew that the miracle God had begun in her with her own pregnancy was fulfilled in Mary’s and she spoke that, without one shred of doubt. She embraced the wideness of this experience and Mary’s response was agreement.

Consider in your own life the last time you were greeted in this way, with such certainty, such assurance, such affirmation. What does it look like to respond with humility, with grace and with agreement? This is how we build the habit of gratitude. Our response to the weighty reality of blessing can sometimes be fear or doubt…”what if it ends?” “what if I’m wrong?” “why me and not someone else?” But today, think about one blessing, one grace, one gift and offer in response- agreement, gratitude, thanksgiving…and Rejoice!

Rejoice

Our position today is called “Rejoice.” Coming from the position of “Glory” it seems fitting to make our response “Rejoice.” Beginning in Glory, bring hands to Prayer position and breathe through Prayer breathing. Lifting arms to Praise, shift your weight to your front foot, heart open and raise back foot from the mat. Breathe here, keeping shoulders away from the ears, focusing on this verse:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.”

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