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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 leapt 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 leapt for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.’
And Mary said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour’Luke 1:39-47
The visit of the pregnant Mary to her pregnant cousin Elizabeth is a beautiful encounter. The young girl Mary and the older woman Elizabeth, who thought she couldn’t have children, come together in awe at what God has done for them. The young and the old supporting one another. This year we have seen much of this, the old providing wisdom on how to keep going through tough times, the young going shopping and making sure people have all they need.