Women’s Midweek Reflection: See the Advent through Elizabeth’s Eyes

By Claudean Boatman

by Danielle Dolin

We think of Mary at Christmas. Rightly so. Yet, another woman is important in the advent. Luke’s Gospel tells Elizabeth’s and Zechariah’s story. This righteous couple had no children; since they were aged, they never expected to be parents. An angel of God met with Zechariah in the temple and announced life-changing news. This aging couple would have a son named John. John would proclaim the coming of the Messiah.

When the angel told Mary she would bear Jesus, the Messiah, he also told her to consider her relative Elizabeth. She who had been childless was six months pregnant. Mary hurried Elizabeth’s home.

Luke wrote, “Then she [Elizabeth] exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and your child will be blessed! How could this happen to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:42-43).

Elizabeth, elderly and pregnant, had concerns of her own. She didn’t know Mary was pregnant. Yet, upon seeing Mary, Elizabeth immediately knew her young relative carried the long-awaited Messiah. Elizabeth sensed Jesus’ presence because she knew and trusted God. What a gift Elizabeth’s declaration must have been to Mary!

Challenge: Be sensitive to the unexpected presence of Jesus.

Claudean Boatman loves the Christmas season; it is intertwined with her one and only love story. She and her husband celebrated their engagement for the 39th time when they decorated their Christmas tree on December 5. She earned a Master of Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary, Rocky Mountain Campus (Denver area), in 2023.

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