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)
You are powerful and deserve honor and we think upon you with Awe this morning.
You have called us to yourself. You have fished us out of captivity to our sin and selves and set each of us on a path to follow your Son.
Give each of us here this morning confidence in Jesus. May we always be reminded that it is his righteousness we wear. It is our death he died. It is his life that we now live. It is his Kingdom that we are welcomed into. And that he will continually carry us and protect us along the way.
Give us renewed resolution to follow everyday so that we may not weary and so that we will not be overcome by our weaknesses and the lies of Satan.
Grant strength and speed to our feet as we follow. Put joy in our hearts during the calmest of seas and in the most treacherous of trials.
Thank you Father for your care, your love, your Holiness, and your Salvation.
In Jesus’ Powerful name, Amen.