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A Merry and Blessed Christmas to you! For Christians, God's promise is fulfilled today and we experience true joy as Emmanuel has come.
This week's scripture reading from the Gospel of Luke strengthens our hope and belief in the long-promised presence of God among us.
We see Mary visit Elizabeth, herself pregnant with child. We are told the infant leaped in Elizabeth's womb. She cries out, "Blessed are you among woman and blessed is the fruit of your womb."
Although Elizabeth and the infant could not see Jesus, they knew God was in their presence.
We may be looking for God in our lives, and even though we cannot see Him, we can trust that He is present.
As you celebrate Christmas, recall the conclusion of this Gospel. "Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."