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Making Room for Jesus

Posted on December 23rd, 2015

The Visitation


Christmas is when we remember the staggering reality that God entered human history as a baby. It is also about receiving the new things the living Jesus wants to do in us now.

Let me invite you to ponder the painting, The Visitation, by He Qi and his capturing of the great story in Luke 1:39-56.




First, notice Mary’s right arm protecting her womb. She knows God is birthing a precious gift inside her. She thus makes a three-month visit to Elizabeth’s house after she becomes pregnant, seeking support and encouragement for this new thing God is doing in her that is about to change the trajectory of her life.

What new thing might God be birthing in you that you need to protect? Who might be a companion, a peer, a godly friend, or a spiritual director who might be able to be an Elizabeth to you as you seek to respond to Jesus?

Secondly, notice Elizabeth giving undivided attention to Mary. Elizabeth stops what she is doing. She lays aside her own concerns.  The rest of the world stands still and her focus is on Mary.

I don’t have the ability to listen to everyone’s story. But the question is who are the people God is bringing into my life this week so that I can be their Elizabeth? How can I offer a holy stillness and silence for them to tell their story.

May God’s rich blessings rest upon you.

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