Spiritual Practice


Elizabeth Allers, 23

I was named Elizabeth after a great-grandmother or great-great-grandmother; when my mom saw her name in the cemetery, she marveled at what a good name it was. The story I sometimes like to tell is that I was named after Elizabeth, Mary’s cousin.

The Bible tells us that Elizabeth and her husband were righteous and godly people who had waited a long time for a son. How many times has God told me to wait? Wait for a boyfriend. Wait for the job you want. Wait for answers. Wait for relief. Elizabeth and her husband kept praying. And finally, when they thought they were out of time, God said, “Yes!” and blessed them with a son.

Learn more about Elizabeth in Luke 1:5–20, 39–45.

What inspires me about Elizabeth is that when her cousin Mary came to visit, Elizabeth was as joyful about Mary’s pregnancy as about her own. How tempting it would have been to be bitter that Mary, who hadn’t even asked for a child, would soon give birth to God’s son! Yet Elizabeth poured her love and joy onto Mary without hesitation.

Elizabeth’s story is an inspiration to me not only to wait patiently for God’s timing, but also to be generous with my joy for others.


PRAY: Are you withholding joy from friends or family because your life is not as you want it to be? This Christmas Day, celebrate God’s perfect timing. Ask God to give you patience in waiting and joy in others’ celebrations.

—from devozine (November/December 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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