December 25, 2017

Choosing Christmas, Day Twenty-Three

Day Twenty-Three December 25 Merry Christmas, friends! It’s been an absolute pleasure to walk through these very special days with you. Christ has come. Our challenge in the coming days is to not put the baby away with the manger scene. Let’s allow Him to grow up in the Bethlehem of our hearts, for that baby became a man. . .the man a Savior. . .the Savior our risen King. Hugs, Shellie
December 24, 2017

Choosing Christmas, Day Twenty-Two

Day Twenty-Two December 24 Did you know commentaries are split on whether Mary stayed until Elizabeth actually gave birth, or if she left right before Baby John made his way into the world? It’s another one of those details the Father doesn’t believe we need to know. While Elizabeth would’ve come to full-term in her pregnancy while Mary was there as her houseguest, we can’t say definitely whether Mary stayed to assist in the delivery or not. That said, I’ll tell you what I think, and you won’t have to twist my arm to get it out of me: I simply can’t imagine Mary leaving before the birth! But then, I come from the type of family that sets up camp at the hospital whenever one […]
December 23, 2017

Choosing Christmas, Day Twenty-One

Day Twenty-One December 23 Again, I wish I could read your answers from yesterday. I expect they are fascinating. I suspect that many of you touched on the possibility that God forever protected what was happening under that roof as Mary and Elizabeth feasted on the faith-fortifying similarities of their miraculous callings. I know, for me, I see a loving heavenly Father almost “incubating” Mary as she incubates the Savior of the world Still, as the days turned into weeks and the weeks into months, it seems logical that the two women might have talked about when Mary should return home. Perhaps Elizabeth was able to give Mary some much-needed advice on how to handle the village tongues that were sure to wag when her news […]
December 22, 2017

Choosing Christmas, Day Twenty

Day Twenty December 22 While it was far from an exhaustive study, yesterday we looked at the last verses of Mary’s Magnificat. Today we’ll focus on the relationship between Elizabeth and Mary. Luke gives us one more piece of information on their visit, and its brevity is tantalizing: “Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home” (Luke 1:56). That’s all the information we’re privy to about those next months; but seriously, can you imagine two females in their situations not sharing every detail of their miracles in progress? I can’t. I have to believe they replayed and compared every detail, starting with Gabriel’s role in both of their lives. Perhaps Elizabeth said, “The first thing the angel said to Zacharias was not […]