Luke 1:39-45 (CEV)
Mary Visits Elizabeth
39 A short time later Mary hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea. 40 She went into Zechariah’s home, where she greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, her baby moved within her.
The Holy Spirit came upon Elizabeth. 42 Then in a loud voice she said to Mary:
God has blessed you more than any other woman! He has also blessed the child you will have. 43 Why should the mother of my Lord come to me? 44 As soon as I heard your greeting, my baby became happy and moved within me.45 The Lord has blessed you because you believed that he will keep his promise.
She came. And I knew. I know we women often have an inkling when someone is pregnant, but this was different. I knew from the depth of my being. It was like my baby knew too. Recognised something in Mary, something special, something happening, something growing, something of God. God is about to do something spectacular, and somehow Mary and I are caught up in this. Our babies are not just miraculous, but the very essence of God, living in us now, but soon to be living and breathing in the world.
Stephen Cottrell uses the phrase, “Fire in by belly” (p77). I like that. That sends my thought off.
though we cannot all birth you,
we can each carry your life within us;
may I make space for you,
allow you to change my life,
and prepare me for what is to come.
Be the ‘fire in my belly’
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