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 favored, 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!” (Luke 1:39–45, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb.” To paraphrase something I read on the internet “an unborn child, the first to respond to voice of an expectant Mary. Imagine that.” As related a little earlier in the passage, “she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.” An unborn child, not yet “viable,” but sentient, “leaped for joy.” This same unborn child grew up to be called by Jesus, “among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist.” (Mathew 11:11, NIV 1984). How many in my lifetime have not been allowed to be born? To grow up, maybe find a cure for cancer or some other dreaded disease? To become a great statesman? Or simply to not be denied to live?
My Advice – Pray for those not yet born whose mothers are considering abortion. Pray for the mothers that they would make the pro-life choice.