December 12th

December 12: Luke 1:39-45

Luke 1:39-45  (NIV)

At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”


Up to this point in the story, Mary would’ve had to deal with a lot of trouble. Joseph was about to divorce her, and only refrained when he was told otherwise by an angel! Other than Joseph, most people didn’t know about the pregnancy. So Mary held this secret in her womb and likely worried about whether people would find out. If people found out she was pregnant outside of marriage, she could face enormous trouble. All that to say: she was carrying a lot, and most likely carrying it by herself. Imagine the moment when she went to see Elizabeth and was received with nothing but praise and encouragement.

There are not enough Elizabeths in the world. There are times when we need a word of encouragement or to feel the sense that we’re not alone, and there’s no one to offer that. While we can’t force other people to be an encouragement, we can model it ourselves.

Who can you call, email, text or talk to that you can say an encouraging word to? Does someone come to mind? If  so, stop what you’re doing and act on it!


God, the One who encourages, send someone my way to be an encouragement to me, and help me reach out and speak blessings over other people.  

Joe Graves