After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 25″The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”
Commentary: We can only imagine Elizabeth’s surprise at the point when she first thought that pregnancy might be the source of her weight gain, nausea and exhaustion! It might have taken the movement of a baby inside her to convince her, which would have happened at about the five month mark. Inability to bear children was a very real disgrace in a society where sons carried on the family legacy, and this birth would have changed her social status considerably.
To Ponder: Change can be dizzying and overwhelming. Have you ever “gone into seclusion” for a time?
If you have been pregnant, remember what your time of waiting was like.
When have you waited for something without knowing what it was?
Advent is celebrated as a time of quiet waiting. What can you do to make time for silence for yourself?