Fruit of the Womb

Luke 1:39-42

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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!”

Luke 1:39–42, ESV

How could a Christian ever doubt the call God places upon those whom He chooses, even from the womb? Could John have been fully aware of why he was so excited? Yes. Could John have made a confession of faith? No, not with words, but, yes, with acknowledgment in the purity of heart that only a child can exude. At the sound of the voice of Mary, John was aware of who it was she carried and made his mother, Elizabeth, also aware of the blessing inside of her cousin. God is the chooser and He chooses us from the beginning. Not that His calling could not be heard later in life, but His calling is clear to those whom He calls, whether grown or in the womb. What a blessing to know with certainty in the womb that God has claimed you as his own. What comfort for the mother bearing the blessing in her womb. As we hear the words of Elizabeth, let us pray the blessing over all whom we encounter that they may hear the Word and leap in the womb of the mother at the joy of th salvation promise that is given us in Jesus Christ.

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.

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