Reading and Prayer: December 12

December 12: Luke 1:39-45

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 favoured, 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 what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” 

Prayer: Dear God, you have blessed us with wonderful people who share our lives and friends, as colleagues, as fellow Christians, as family. Open our eyes to see the way in which you have blessed others, and help us to celebrate with them the love which you share with us all. Give us courage to share our stories of faith with those close to us, and to be blessed by their stories in response. Amen.