2019 Advent Devo: We All Need Somebody To Lean On

“Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” Luke 1:36-37

I am a blessed man in many ways.  One of my most prized blessings is the many friends that God has given me.  From Canada to Colombia, California to Connecticut, and Charlotte to Canyon and points in between, I have people by whom I’ve been blessed to have been loved.  There is something about deep relationships that is life giving.

In Luke 1, Mary is touched by an angel’s appearance.  Gabriel announces to her that she will give birth to a son.  Mary is a virgin and she isn’t given many details about how this pregnancy will happen or how she will make it, but the angel does something very important—he gives her a friend.  Gabriel lets her know that her cousin Elizabeth is pregnant as well.

A friend once shared that during her pregnancy, she loved being around other pregnant women.  They would share experiences, hopes, dreams, and even fears. When Gabriel tells Mary about Elizabeth, he is giving her a friend.

When guests visit church, they often want to know what we believe, who is in charge and how they can get involved.  Often, the deepest and most unspoken question is: Who here will love me?  Following Jesus is a team sport and we flourish and thrive best in community with others with whom we share life. As Bill Withers once sang in his hit Lean On Me, “We all need somebody to lean on” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkaexjc-1os).

God provided Mary a gift in Elizabeth.  Mary may have needed Elizabeth more than she needed answers to all her questions.  God made sure that Mary was not alone on this journey.

This holiday season, reflect on the friendships you have and be grateful for those who walk with you, pray for you, and speak truth to you.  It’s one of the best gifts you’ll get!

Reflections Questions:

  • Who are your Elizabeths?  The people who love you well all year long? How will you honor them this Christmas?
  • Who is God putting in your path to be an Elizabeth to? To befriend and love well?

You are loved,
Kent Massey

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