Daily Reading: Luke 1:39-45

Big Idea This Week:
When in doubt, help someone out

Questions to think about:
After Mary discovers that she is pregnant, she doesn’t go and tell her parents or anybody else in her community. Instead, we see that Mary hurried to a town in Judea in the Hill country where she went to the house of Zechariah and her cousin Elizabeth. Why?

Remember that Mary is terrified and anxious and frightened. She is confused. She wants to be faithful to God but she doesn’t know what is going to happen next. She wonders if anybody will believe her when she tells them her story. Let’s remember that in Luke chapter 1, before Mary finds out that she is pregnant, Elizabeth has found out that she is pregnant as well. Elizabeth is in her late 50s or early 60s. She has prayed to have a baby her entire life. She is married to a priest named Zachariah and they have been unable to have children, like so many other biblical couples that we read about.

Mary then takes this nine day journey which has some measure of risk because she is desperate to find somebody who can understand and help her make sense of what is taking place.

Who would hurry to talk to you because they know they will be lifted up?