December 21, 2017
Posted: December 21, 2017
A Devotion for Your Day
by Pam Tschida
At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!"
Elizabeth and Mary were cousins. Both were blessed by God and were both about to become mothers.
Elizabeth was old and couldn't have children. Mary was young and a virgin. So how were these pregnancies possible? They were nothing short of a miracle. A miracle of God.
Have you ever experienced a miracle? Most would tell you they haven't, or don't realize that miracles happen all the time. Some would say that science could explain my miracle. I know otherwise...
My husband and I had been married for 4 years and decided to start a family. I was unsure, but decided to place it in God's hands. A baby. If God thinks we are ready to be parents, we will have a baby. SURPRISE! We were pregnant. The grandparents and my husband were thrilled. Me, not so much. Nothing had prepared me for the nausea and fatigue that came with my pregnancy. As I progressed along, the nausea and fatigue continued. Concerned, my doctor did a quick ultrasound and told us we were expecting twins. Twins? Are you kidding me?
To confirm the diagnosis, I was sent for a "level 2" ultrasound. Once I was prepped, the technician started looking around and proclaimed "There's more than two here". Triplets. We were having triplets. What a game changer.
My pregnancy progressed along without too many complications and my boys were born at 34 ½ weeks. They came out perfect and we were all home within a week. That was 22 years ago.
Just look at a child and tell me they are not a miracle. Only God can create tiny human beings. All children are miracles of God.
As we prepare our hearts for Christmas, let us remember the miracles given to Elizabeth and Mary. The miracle of John who would prepare the way for the Messiah and the miracle of Jesus who came to save us all.
Dear God, as we prepare our hearts and homes for Christmas, spend time with family and friends, and get lost in the hustle and bustle of the season, let us be reminded of your peace and of the miracle of Jesus. Amen.
Pam Tschida serves in Children's Ministry, working with preschool and Kindergarten children.
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