For now, we'll leave Mary in Nazareth to prepare for the birth of God's Son. Back in the hill country of Judah, Elizabeth's due date arrived and she gave birth to John. The Scripture says, "And her neighbors and her relatives heard that the Lord had displayed His great mercy toward her; and they were rejoicing with her." Elizabeth must have marveled at bearing a son in her seasoned age. As a friend of mine says, you know your a seasoned mother of a newborn when you are looking down at your baby through reading glasses. Yet, I feel sure that Elizabeth was filled with hope because of the words about John, that he would clear the way for the Savior and "turn back many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God." I would guess she had many opportunities to plant seeds in peoples' hearts through her words about her son's destiny. Just as in Biblical times, God is all about using people to reach people. Sharing God’s love and forgiveness with others through our actions and words is a great privilege. Think of a family member, coworker or friend who does not know the Lord. Offer to God the gift of a heart for others by praying for the person to be drawn into a relationship with Christ during this time. After you write down their name, brainstorm a way you can show your care in a tangible way.
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