Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
These two chapters detail the birth of both John the Baptist and Jesus. They were both born to devoted parents who had their faith tested. Zechariah and Elizabeth were both past childbearing age when God blessed them with a baby. Joseph and Mary were not yet married and Mary was a virgin when she found out she was going to give birth to Jesus. The stories of John and Jesus are both filled with miracles and both pave the way for salvation for many.
What is one key verse?
Luke 2:19 “but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.”
Luke 2:51 “And his mother stored all these things in her heart.”
How does what you read change your vision of God?
The two verses I picked change my vision of God because it made me see how Mary was an ordinary, normal mother who gave birth to an extraordinary baby. This reminds me of every mother I have known who loves and cherishes their baby and keeps every detail of that child as a treasure in her heart. God wanted Jesus to experience humanity and I am amazed that twice in Luke 2 it was important for the author to mention how much Mary loved her baby.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
The idea that Mary’s love for her son is important to the story of Jesus makes me feel a connection to Mary that I hadn’t before. Mary knew that her son was special, but at the same time every mother thinks their baby is special. I have held my own babies and looked into their eyes and wondered how they will change the world. I have treasured in my own heart every little smile, every sweet word, and every accomplishment of my babies, and the account of Mary in Luke 2 connects all mothers.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
Seeing the humanity of Mary has spurred me to see how God has always used ordinary people to accomplish His will and to look for ways that he is doing this even today.