I had the opportunity to attend an event for women within my church, earlier this week, focused on “Women Who Know Christ” to celebrate this Christmas season. It was the perfect program and way to set the tone for the season.
I’ll admit, that I get distracted by the presents, parties and all the other not as important parts of Christmas. So, when I heard the experiences of Elizabeth (mother of John the baptist), Mary (Jesus’ mother), the mother of Joseph, the wife of the shepherd and the wife of the Inn Keeper it opened my heart to what a unique and special experience they all had with the Savior.
Here is a small excerpt from Elizabeth, the mother of John, that brought so many emotions of joy and gratitude as soon as I heard her words.
Within my body, I carried a child. You women who have experienced the wonder and awe of
those first trembling movements of beginning life will know what I knew when, as my cousin
Mary came to my door, I felt my babe leap within me, as the Holy Ghost bore solemn witness
that the chosen mother of the Lord stood before me. I knew that thrill incident to the quickening
spirit of my own blessed conception, and I returned her greeting with gratitude and reverence:
“Blessed are thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.” She responded, that
flawless vessel of the Lord, with one of most beautiful and glorious hymns of praise know to
“My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God, my Savior. For he hath
regarded the low estate of his handmaiden; for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall
call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. And
his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. He hath showed strength with
his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the
might from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good
things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. He hath helped his servant Israel in
remembrance of this mercy; as he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and his seed forever.”
The program was one of a kind, and something I hope to experience again. If you are looking for and wanting to have a special way to set the tone for your Christmas season, you can find all the information about the program over on Leigh Anne Wilkes blog. She has wonderful ideas and I know you will be inspired by what she has to share.
I hope you have a beautiful and memorable Christmas season this year.