Comfort and Joy

Read Luke 1:39-45.

Mary and Elizabeth both found themselves in unusual circumstances. Despite the difference in age and experience, they were both vessels for God’s plan to redeem the world. Elizabeth carried John, who would become the Baptist, preparing the way for the promised Messiah. Mary carried Jesus, the fulfilment of that promise. The wisdom of Elizabeth’s years allowed her to bring comfort and joy to Mary.

Who are some of the older people in your life whose wisdom have helped to guide and comfort, to encourage and challenge you? What aspects of their character made them trustworthy and helpful? In what ways do you try to embody those same aspects in your own character? Can you think of a younger person who could use an encouraging word?

Today in prayer, commit yourself to being a bearer of joy for the people you encounter.