Go See, Go Tell

Bible:

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Luke 2:15-20 ESV

Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples! Psalm 96:1-3 ESV

Reflection:

Once there was a  beetle with black and yellow wings who was there when the baby Jesus was born. He saw the wonderful gift God had given to the world, and he heard the song of the angels. He wanted to go out and tell all his friends about everything he had seen, but it was midnight and very dark outside, and he didn’t know how he would find his way. But then an angel took a sparkling jewel from his hair and put it on the beetle. The light from this jewel guided the beetle on his way, and to this day the children and grandchildren of this little beetle have a sparkling light on them. We call them fireflies.

This is only a story. It wasn’t a little beetle that went out into the night and into the days beyond that to tell the good news about the birth of Jesus. It was the shepherds who were so full of joy that they hurried to Bethlehem to see their Savior, and then hurried out to tell everyone they met what they had seen. When they returned to their sheep, they were praising God and giving him glory for everything he had done for his people. Mary’s joy was more quiet. The Bible says that she treasured everything that God had done for her and thought about them deep in her heart.

We also have a wonderful joy when we remember what the Lord has done for us through Jesus. Jesus came to be a human person, one of us, so that he could take our place and die for us on the cross. Because of Jesus, we are God’s people forever, and we have a place in his heavenly kingdom. We praise God and tell others all about the wonderful news of our Savior.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending us Jesus. Please help us to share his love with others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Source:

Gaer, Joseph The Lore of the New Testament Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1952.

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The Song of the Angels

Bible:

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2:13-14 ESV

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2 ESV

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. Isaiah 9:6-7 ESV

Reflection:

Once a man named Don Richardson became a missionary to the Sawi people of the South Pacific. The Sawi people were very violent and they were always fighting with people from  other villages. They had never heard about Jesus or the Bible before, and Mr. Richardson didn’t know how to explain the good news to them in a way that they could understand. But then one day the people of his village decide to have a peace child ceremony so that the fighting would come to an end for awhile. The village where Mr. Richardson lived gave the village they were fighting with one of their own little children to keep. Everyone in both villages laid their hands on this child. As long as the child lived, there would be peace between the villages. If anyone started a fight, the other village could appeal to the peace child, and the fight would stop. Don Richardson told the Sawi people that Jesus was God’s peace child, and that everyone who lays their hand on Jesus in faith would have peace with God forever, because Jesus is alive forever. This helped the Sawi people to understand the good news.

After an angel had announced to the shepherds that the promised Savior had been born, there was suddenly a whole bunch of angels in the sky, more than anyone could count. They sang a song praise to God, giving him the glory for the wonderful way he had kept his promise to the world. Then they said that there would be peace on earth among those with whom the Lord is pleased. The first angel had said that the Savior would be for all people. The song the rest of the angels sang didn’t mean that the Savior was only for some people, but instead that only some people would believe in him. For everyone who trusts in Jesus, there is peace with God. Their sins are forgiven, and the Lord is pleased with them through Jesus.

Jesus is our peace child. He came to die on the cross for us so that our sins could be forgiven. Jesus died, but he rose from the dead, and now he will never die again. We believe in Jesus, and so we have peace with God, a wonderful peace that will last forever.

Source:

Richardson, Don Peace Child: An unforgettable story of primitive jungle treachery in the 20th century Glendale, CA: G/L Regal Books, 1974.

An Angel and Some Shepherds

Bible:

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:8-12 ESV

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” I Corinthians 1:26-31 ESV

Reflection:

At Christmastime, one thing that might decorate homes and churches is the beautiful red flower called the Poinsettia. The Mexican people have a story about how the Poinsettia became the Christmas flower. Once there was a little girl who was on her way to church on Christmas Eve, and she was sad because she didn’t have a gift to bring to the baby Jesus. All she could do was to pick some wildflowers, just some weeds growing at the side of the road. She felt ashamed of her present, but when she brought the little bouquet to the altar in the church, a miracle happened. The little cluster of weeds burst into beautiful red flowers, and these were the first Poinsettias!

This is only a story, but it tells us something important. No one can really give God anything, because we are all poor and sinful in his eyes, and everything in the universe belongs to him anyway. The Lord often chooses the poorest and most humble of people to show his love to. He does this to make it clear that his ways are different from the ways of the world. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, God chose shepherds to be the first ones to hear the news. Shepherds were poor, and they were also outcasts in Jewish society because they couldn’t always keep themselves ritually clean for temple worship. But these humble, outcast shepherds saw an angel appear to them on Christmas night, and they heard the good news that at long last the promised Savior had been born. The angel told them not to be afraid, and he told them where to find the baby Jesus.

We may be rich or poor, or somewhere in between, but to God we are all very poor because of our sins. We have nothing to offer the Lord to make up for the ways we turn against him every day. But God has everything to give us through Jesus, his Son. Jesus came to us on the first Christmas to show us God’s love, and he grew up to die on the cross for us so that our sins could be forgiven. He gave us everything when he died for us, and because of that we are God’s children, and a part of his kingdom now and forever.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus, the best Christmas gift ever. In His Name, Amen.

Reflection:

https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/poinsettia.shtml

God in a Baby

Bible:

And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7 ESV

[Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. Colossians 1:15-20 ESV

Reflection:

When Henry V was king of England, he invaded France to conquer and claim some land there that he believed belonged to him. Shakespeare tells a story about him in one of his plays. According to the story, the night before the big battle, King Henry wrapped himself in the dirty cloak of a common soldier and went out among his troops to sit by a campfire and to hear them talk. He wanted to understand how they were feeling about the coming battle, and if they were afraid. He found out that the soldiers all felt that they would all die in battle the next day, but he was able to give some words of encouragement around the campfire.

While Mary and Joseph were staying in the city of Bethlehem, the time came for Mary to have her baby. She had a little baby boy, and she wrapped him in swaddling cloths. This is what mothers did for their babies at that time and place. Being tightly wrapped up helped them feel safe and comfortable. Mary laid Jesus in a manger, a feeding trough for animals. What a strange place to lay the Son of God!

What Henry V did in the story is a little bit like what God the Son did for us on the first Christmas. He came to us in a little baby born among the poor and common people. His mother wrapped him in swaddling cloths, but the baby Jesus himself was God wrapped up in a human person. Jesus came to us to be close to us, to know and to understand us, and to love us. He showed his love for us by dying on the cross for us so that there could be peace between us and God, our Heavenly Father. Because of Jesus, we know that our sins are forgiven, and that God is always near us and ready to help us and care for us.

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, thank you for coming to us as a baby and showing us the love of God. Amen.

Source:

Shakespeare, William, Henry V

A Trip to Bethlehem

Bible:

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. Luke 2:1-5 ESV

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return
to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of theLord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth.
And he shall be their peace. Micah 5:2-5 ESV

Reflection:

Every ten years, the Census Bureau counts all the people living in the United States. This census was made the law long ago in the Constitution of the United States, and finding out how many people live in each state of the country is how they figure out how many representatives each state gets in the House of Representatives of Congress. The Census Bureau gathers lots of other information besides finding out the population every ten years. It finds out about people’s income, housing, education, age, and other things that help the government to understand the problems people face and to try to plan programs to best meet their needs, such as building new roads and schools, providing services for the elderly, and planning neighborhood improvement projects.

The Roman empire also conducted censuses. Instead of sending out questionnaires in the mail or sending workers to visit people in their homes the way it’s usually done today, in the Roman empire people had to travel to the place their families came from. So when Emperor Augustus called for a census, it meant that Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem with Mary, even though she was expecting a baby soon and the journey would have been difficult for her. The emperor didn’t know that long ago one of God’s prophets had declared that the promised Savior would be born in Bethlehem, but his census made this prophecy come true. God was working out his own purposes through history and through the government.

God’s greatest purpose in history was to bring Jesus into the world so that he could bring us back to himself. We had turned away from God in sin and rebellion, but Jesus came to give his life for us on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven and we could be God’s people forever. God knows and cares about each person in the world, and he wants everyone to come to know him through Jesus. Without a census, he knows each person by name and what each person needs. We can share the forgiveness, care, and love that God gives us in Jesus with people everywhere.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your care for all people, and for sending Jesus to bring us back to you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Source:

https://www.census.gov/about/what.html

A Good Husband

Bible:

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”

(which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife. Matthew 1:18-24 ESV

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV

Reflection:

Anne was living with a foster mother and father, and one day her foster mother Marilla noticed that an amethyst brooch of hers was missing. She asked Anne about it, and Anne told her that she had seen it stuck on the pincushion where Marilla had left it. She confessed that she had gone into the room to look at it and try it on, but she insisted that she had returned the brooch to Marilla’s bureau. Marilla had looked all over the bureau for it, but she couldn’t find it. The circumstances made it look as if Anne had stolen the brooch, and that’s what Marilla believed. She didn’t believe that Anne was innocent until later when she found the brooch stuck onto one of her shawls. Marilla had planned to discipline Anne by not allowing her to go to a picnic, but when she found out that Anne was innocent, she allowed her to go.

Joseph believed that Mary, who was going to be his wife, was guilty of doing something wrong. Mary was going to have a baby, and he wasn’t the father of this baby. Joseph could have made sure that Mary was severely punished for this, but he was a good and a kind man. He didn’t want to hurt Mary, but he didn’t want to have her for his wife, either. So Joseph decided to quietly end the marriage that was planned. But an angel came to Joseph in a dream and talked to him about this. The angel said that the baby Mary was expecting was God’s Son and the promised Savior. It was God’s plan that Joseph should be Mary’s husband and the foster father of her Son, Jesus. So Joseph obeyed God’s will and took Mary for his wife.

When Joseph took Mary as his wife, he took on the shame that others saw in the baby they were expecting. Both Mary and Joseph were innocent, but they would have been seen as guilty of a shameful sin by their friends and family. What Joseph did for Mary is like what Jesus did for all of us. He died a shameful death on the cross even though he was innocent and didn’t deserve to die. He took the shame of our sins on himself and was treated as if he were the guilty one. Because of what Jesus has done, God sees us as innocent. The shame of our sins has been taken away, and we are God’s free and forgiven people, now and always.

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, thank you for taking the shame of our sins onto yourself. Amen.

Source:

Montgomery, L. M. Anne of Green Gables Boston: L. C. Page and Company, 1908.

Promises Kept

Bible:

And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people
and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
that we should be saved from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us;
to show the mercy promised to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people
in the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel. Luke 1:67-80 ESV

For all the promises of God find their Yes in [Jesus]. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.  II Corinthians 1:20 ESV

Reflection:

Douglas MacArthur was an American commander during World War II who was stationed in the Philippines when the Japanese invaded the country. MacArthur had to retreat, and he and his forces struggled to survive for many months. Finally President Roosevelt ordered him to get away from the Philippines, and so he escaped to Australia. Commander MacArthur promised the people of the Philippines, “I shall return.” Two years later he was able to return and liberate the country from Japanese forces. As he waded ashore from his boat, he said, “I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil.” He had kept his promise.

People don’t always keep their promises, but God always fulfills what he promises his people. After a son was born to Zechariah, he sang a song of praise to God. Zechariah’s song was full of the joy of knowing that the Lord had kept his promises to his people. God had given his word to Abraham and David to send a Savior, and he had spoken of the coming Messiah through his prophets. Zechariah knew that the time of the Savior had come, and that his own little son would be the messenger who would prepare his people for God’s salvation.

Jesus is the promised Savior, and through Jesus we know that God will keep all of his promises to us. He promises to forgive our sins and to give us life with him forever. Jesus died on the cross to win our forgiveness and he rose again to give us life that will never end. The Lord promises to be with us and to hear our prayers and to help us, and we can be sure that he will keep all of these promises to us, no matter what.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for keeping all your promises to us in Jesus. In His Name, Amen.

Source:

http://www.history.com/topics/douglas-macarthur

A Child of Wonder

Bible:

Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, but his mother answered, “No; he shall be called John.” And they said to her, “None of your relatives is called by this name.” And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called. And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea, and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him. Luke 1:57-66 ESV

The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens!
Who is like the Lord our God,
who is seated on high,
who looks far down
on the heavens and the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes,
with the princes of his people.
He gives the barren woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord! Psalm 113:4-9 ESV

Reflection:

There’s a story in Greek mythology about a baby boy named Heracles, who would grow up to be a mighty hero and do some incredible things. Even as a baby Heracles showed that he would be great. Two snakes came to attack him in his crib, but the little boy was strong and brave. He grabbed the snakes by their necks and strangled them to death before they could hurt him. Other people could see right away that Heracles was a child of wonder.

When it was time for Elizabeth and Zechariah’s baby to be born, there were signs that their child would truly be a child of wonder. Elizabeth was very old, much too old to have a child, so this baby’s birth was a miracle. Zechariah hadn’t been able to talk since the Angel Gabriel had announced his birth in the temple, but after the baby was born and Zechariah obeyed the angel’s word and named his son John, he was able to talk again. All of the family’s friends and neighbors could see that God’s hand was on this little boy, and they wondered what he would become.

John was a child of wonder because the Lord was with him, and his birth was a sign that God was at work for his people. John would grow up to be the one who would prepare the way for the promised Savior. Jesus was coming to save his people, and that was the greatest wonder of all. Jesus came to defeat sin and death and all for forces of evil, and because of his death on the cross and his resurrection for us, we are God’s people forever. Through Jesus, he has done great things for us and given us wonderful joy for all time.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to be our Savior and to make us your people. In His Name, Amen.

Source:

http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/hercules

The Humble and the Proud

Bible:

And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home. Luke 1:46-56 ESV

And [Jesus] lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:

“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.

“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.

“Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.

“Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.

“Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.” Luke 6:20-26 ESV

Reflection:

Mrs. Joyce was very poor, and she had five daughters. She kept hoping to get work, but in the meantime there was no food for her family to eat. Her daughters were eating the green grapes that grew in the fields because they were so hungry, but eating only green grapes was making them sick. The Joyce family was staying in a government camp, and they could have gotten some grocery money to help them until they found work, but they were too proud to accept help. They didn’t want to admit how poor they were, and so they suffered instead of getting the help they needed.

When Mary visited Elizabeth, she sang a song of joy about the wonderful things God was doing. Mary’s song says some things that might seem a little bit strange. Mary said that the Lord had scattered the proud and brought down the mighty and sent the rich away empty. She said that God had helped the humble people and filled the poor with good things. Her song makes it sound like God doesn’t like rich or powerful people but instead only cares about people who are poor or humble. But the truth is that in the Lord’s eyes everyone is poor and humble, and that all people need God’s help. Some people don’t realize how poor they are to God, and so they are too proud to ask for his help or to trust in him for what they need. They think they can make it on their own.

We were all helpless and under the power of sin and death, and that’s why God sent his Son Jesus to be born of Mary. Jesus defeated sin and death for us and brought us back to our Heavenly Father, but some people are too proud to trust Jesus. They think they can deal with their sins all by themselves by being good enough for God to love and accept them. Some people think they are rich, but really they are very poor because they have shut themselves away from God’s love. But knowing the Lord’s forgiveness and help through Jesus is the one way to really be rich, now and forever.

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, thank you for coming and making us rich in your love and forgiveness. Amen.

Source:

Steinbeck, John The Grapes of Wrath New York: The Viking Press, 1939.

Overflowing Joy

Bible:

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” Luke 1:39-45 ESV

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13 ESV

Reflection:

There’s a fun science experiment you can do if you have some baking soda and vinegar and a small empty pop bottle and a balloon. What you do is put about 4 ounces of vinegar into the bottle, and about two tablespoons of baking soda into the balloon. Then you fit the opening of the balloon tightly over the bottle opening, and after that you let the baking soda in the balloon fall into the bottle. When the baking soda mixes with the vinegar it will start foaming and fizzing and bubbling, and the carbon dioxide that is produced by this chemical reaction will blow up the balloon until it is round and full!

This science experiment is kind of a picture of the work of the Holy Spirit. When Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth after they both had received wonderful promises from God, the Bible says that Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. God the Holy Spirit gave her incredible joy that filled her and overflowed into words of joy. Elizabeth’s little baby, who hadn’t even been born yet, jumped for joy inside his mother when Elizabeth heard Mary’s voice. The joy that the Holy Spirit gives fills up his people and makes us overflow with praise to God and words of love for others.

God the Holy Spirit speaks to us when we hear God’s word, the Bible. He teaches us God’s ways, and most importantly, he teaches us about Jesus, our Savior. Jesus was born of Mary, and he grew up to take our sins on himself on the cross. Because of what Jesus did for us, we are God’s children, and he gives us his Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit makes us able to put our faith in Jesus and to know that we belong to God. This wonderful promise gives us great joy, a joy that bubbles up inside us and fills us and overflows into lives that praise God and share his love with other people.

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, thank you for making us your people, and for giving us the gift of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Source:

https://www.education.com/science-fair/article/balloon-gas-chemical-reaction/