mary visits elizabeth, the mother of john the baptist
Text: Luke 1:39-56
There is something incredible about a relationship with a close friend—I believe it’s one of the ways God is reflected in us, through our desire for deep and meaningful friendships. I love reading about the friendship between Elizabeth and Mary, so when I imagine this scene, I see two women who love each other deeply. I visualize happy tears and hugs and joy—and probably some hands on Elizabeth’s belly feeling that baby leaping for joy within her.
The joy in that room is so vivid to me, and it makes me want to go back in time and peer through a window, just so I can take part in this joyous celebration. Especially as Mary responds in verses 46-55—in what is often referred to as Mary’s Song. Can you imagine Mary singing these words in praise and awe to her Heavenly Father? I don’t think there would be a dry eye in the room, as she pours herself out in these words.
I’d love for each of us to get a little creative. Read through Mary’s Song in a few translations—even read it out loud or sing it if you’re feeling brave.
Now write your own song of praise. It doesn’t need to be fancy or technical—just write it from your heart.
You don’t need to share it with anyone, but if you do have an “Elizabeth” in your life, I encourage you to make yourself a little vulnerable and share your words with this person.
“Oh how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!” [v. 46-47, NLT]