A Brother's Laughter
December 16 - Luke 1:39-45
v.44 “For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.”
Both of our younger sons have reserved a special kind of laughter for their brothers. Only Ezra could inspire baby Jude to wheeze in his throat with sharp inhalations. Only Ezra and Jude could inspire baby Emet to giggle with quick convulsions. As dorky as mom and dad can act - and we are professionals - nothing can produce involuntary joy like a fellow child.
The Holy Spirit entered old Elizabeth through the leaping baby of her womb. Her son, John, who would be called the Baptizer, recognized the coming of Jesus through the sound of Mary's voice. With a little sanctified imagination, I like to picture Jesus leaping right back from within Mary's womb: the joyful play-date of two children as yet contained in private nurseries.
This beautiful little moment in the Christmas story demonstrates how children recognize the coming of God's Kingdom before those of us still asking “Where are you?” with older eyes and jaded joys and limbs that may not have leaped in years.
God of Joy, grant our hearts to leap at the sound of your voice, as we await the New Creation from within the womb of this world. Amen.