Friday, December 21, 2007

It Just Amazes Me

Today's reading comes from Wilshire Baptist Church, Dec. 21 reading. The scripture is Luke 1:39-45.
39In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord."
I have to admit, this still seems astonishing to me every time I read it. That the baby in Elizabeth's womb leapt for joy when Mary came into the room. It's just amazes me. Like babies don't know that much about what is happening in the world outside of their mother's bellies. I can see them being sensitive to increased light and loud noise, but to someone coming into the room....someone who is also inside their momma's belly? How many babies would know this? It just amazes me and shows God at work.

John, who is to be the forerunner to Christ, knows Christ before he is even born and is happy about it. Neat isn't it? :)

What part of the Christmas story amazes you?

1 comment:

Martin LaBar said...

A lot of things about the Incarnation amaze me, and, no doubt, more of them would if I were more spiritually sensitive, or smarter. God's love was, and is, truly marvelous.

Thanks for your comments on a recent post of mine. They have helped to clarify my own thinking.