Guest post from my dear sister-in-law, Amber.
Elizabeth looked at her cousin Mary with wonder and amazement. The moment that she had heard her younger cousin’s greeting, the baby within her had leaped for pure joy. She felt love wash over her in a flood. All at once her words tumbled out in a great heap:
“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” (Luke 1: 42-45 ESV)
Mary, also filled with the Spirit, sang out:
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.”(Luke 1: 46-49 ESV)
Can you imagine this scene? Can you imagine the pure joy you would have felt had you been Mary and been privileged to carry the Christ within your very flesh?! Truly she was “blessed among women.” And just as she prophesied with her song, all generations have called her “blessed.”
This morning as I was reading my Bible, I came across a passage in Luke chapter 11 where a woman called out from a crowd of Jesus’ followers: “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” (Luke 11:27 ESV)
Jesus’ reply astounded me. He said: “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” (Luke 11:28 ESV)
I love His words, don’t you?
They are said so simply, yet they are laden with a meaning and a depth that I can never hope to truly comprehend here on this earth. Jesus was saying that it is more blessed to hear God’s words and keep them!
Mary was blessed, to be sure, to have carried the Christ within her womb, but we are blessed when we hear the Word of God and carry it out with joy in our hearts.
I am going to take that thought with me throughout my day (and hopefully throughout my weeks, months, and coming years.) I am blessed to have God’s word, and even more blessed to keep it! May you also be blessed this day as you…
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:16-17 ESV)
~ A joyful sister, Amber
I am so blessed to have Amber as part of our family! She is a friend that constantly points me to Christ, by her words and life. Her and my brother’s love stories is one of those that makes me stand in awe of the amazing ways God leads in our lives. You can listen to their testimony here.