Luke 1:39-45 39 In those days Mary arose and quickly went into the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
41 When Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 She spoke out with a loud voice, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
43 But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 Indeed, as soon as the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a completion to those things which were told her by the Lord.”
Having been told by the angel Gabriel that her cousin Elizabeth, who had been called “barren," is pregnant and going to be a mother, Mary set out in haste for the hill country to a town of Judah on a journey that was about 80 miles away to visit her cousin.
The coming together and fellowship with one another is spiritually important and beneficial to all of us. The sharing, caring, crying, laughing, rejoicing, fellowship, comforting, strengthening, helping and just plain loving on one another is good for the soul.
Hebrews 10:25-Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but let us exhort one another, especially as you see the Day approaching.
Mary needed Elizabeth and Elizabeth needed Mary. Younger women needs older women and older women needs younger women.
People of God, we need each other. Scripture declares that iron sharpens iron.
Loving God means loving one another for this is the greatest command given by Jesus, that we love God and love one another.
Thinking of a gift to give this Christmas season? Give the gift of the story of the virgin birth.