by Maureen Bravo
Mary, pregnant with Jesus, went to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who was
pregnant with John. As she approached Elizabeth, the PRESENCE of Christ
within Mary's womb caused a quickening / an activation of the life of
God within the womb of Elizabeth. Her unborn child, John, was instantly
filled with the Holy Spirit!
Like the grave that would one day be a temporary resting place for her
Son, there was no way Mary could possibly contain "What" had
been placed within her. The Son of God was conceived in her womb in
order to come forth into this world. His life was meant to be shared
with each and every one of us! Emmanuel, God with us!
At this hour, the Kingdom of God is being birthed
anew through all those who have yielded to the Father, saying, "Thy
will be done". As each one allows Him to have His way in our lives,
we too, experience this overshadowing and infilling of the Holy Spirit!.
Overwhelmed by His magnificent love, we are compelled to tell others
what has taken place in us, about what has been conceived in us. As
we share what God has done in our lives, we become a new source of encouragement
to them. As we invite them to be open to His love, we gently teach them
how to yield to Him, cooperate with Him, so He can have His way with
them, and do His work in their lives!
This activation most often occurs within loving, giving, affirming relationships,
where the love we have experienced causes us to want only the best for
others. We, who are His, are not satisfied to keep "THE BEST"
to ourselves. Rather, we long to see His life quickened, activated and
springing forth from every living soul!
May this Christmas season by marked by the power of His love in our
lives... and remembered for the impact which that love, shed abroad
in our hearts, has on the lives of those who share HIS world with us!