Mary got up and went quickly to a town in the hills of Judea. She came to Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the unborn baby inside her jumped, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She cried out in a loud voice, “God has blessed you more than any other woman, and he has blessed the baby to which you will give birth. Why has this good thing happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? When I heard your voice, the baby inside me jumped with joy. You are blessed because you believed that what the Lord said to you would really happen.”
Then Mary said,
“My soul praises the Lord;
my heart rejoices in God my Savior,
because [the Lord] has shown concern for this humble servant girl.
From now on, all people will say that I am blessed,
because the Powerful One has done great things for me.
[The Lord’s] name is holy.
God will show mercy forever and ever
to those who worship and serve [the Lord].
[The Lord] has done mighty deeds by [their] power.
[The Lord] has scattered the people who are proud
and think great things about themselves.
[The Lord] has brought down rulers from their thrones
and raised up the humble. [The Lord] has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away with nothing.
[The Lord] has helped [their] servants, the people of Israel,
remembering to show them mercy
as [the Lord] promised to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his children forever.”
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
The time is quickly approaching! We are like unborn babes waiting to be born, wrapped in your loving womb, this sacred prayer space. We jump for joy in this peaceful wrapping as you draw near to us. We long to be with you. We feel the blessings of your promises and love for us.
O loving God, we join together as your holy people, on the fourth Sunday of Advent. Thank you for remembering to be merciful to us and for fulfilling your promises. We receive your peace with open hearts and minds.
I feel you close to me today, Loving Jesus, and thank you for…
You have brought us to this place, saving us from ourselves and from the darkness in this world that threatened to consume us. Here in your warm embrace, darkness mixes with your perfect light like the full moon overtaking the dark sky. All is well with our souls. We sing for joy in anticipation of birthing day and the fulfillment of your promises.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler
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