Wednesday, June 24th. Luke 1:39-47

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior… Luke 1:39-47

Friends help us celebrate life!

I remember when we first discovered that we were going to have our first baby. We had been married three years, the time seemed right, and we were ready to have a child. It was such a complete overwhelming joy to hear those words, “You’re going to have a baby!” What did we do?

We started calling our family and friends. We couldn’t wait to share the news. And whoever we told always affirmed us in our joy. Just as Job’s pain was halved by the presence of his friends, our joy was doubled by the mutual celebration we shared with our friends.

We always hear on Christmas Eve that Mary was afraid when the angel showed up to deliver the news. Of course she was afraid! But very quickly, that fear gave way to joy. “My spirit rejoices in God my Savior” is nothing but a pure celebration of joy. Elizabeth made that joy complete by sharing it with Mary.

It’s hard to imagine any joy in life that isn’t accentuated by the possibility of sharing it with our friends. I remember skipping elementary school as a child. (I was a little bugger.) I would pretend to go to school, hide and wait for Mom to drive off, and then let myself back into the house. Those were horrible days. Why? Because I had to spend them alone. Summer days weren’t all that fun either when I didn’t have friends around to play with. Friends help us celebrate life!

It’s no coincidence that one of the images that Jesus uses for heaven is a wedding banquet. A party! A time to celebrate in the company of friends and family. The wedding is for the couple but the party is for everyone else! Its a time of fun, joy and play. For some reason that image – celebrating with friends – sure beats the heck out of sitting around on clouds…

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, joy is such a wonderful feeling…and it feels even better when we have a few close friends with whom we can share it. Friends help us smile and laugh, we tell stories of shared experiences, we enjoy being together. Thank you for the gift of friendship. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


One Response to “Wednesday, June 24th. Luke 1:39-47”

  1. Alexandria Felger Says:

    Wow, I’m so happy I stumbled upon this, because in the beginning of my wedding planning it provides me with so much information on the way to organise my occasion!

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