Practicing the Better: Elizabeth

On our way from the first covenant to the second, Elizabeth is another person who reveals the practice of the better  As Mary’s cousin and beloved friend, she incarnated life, light and love herself and was part of God’s work in her own right, as the mother of John the Baptist.

On the day the two pregnant women met, they rejoiced in each other’s unexpected favor.  And Elizabeth confirmed Mary’s blessedness in a beautiful exclamation, accompanied by John’s “leaping for joy” in her womb (Luke 1-42-45).

When it comes to practicing the better, Elizabeth reminds us that one aspect of doing so is rejoicing in another person’s good fortune.  Sometimes people see God blessing others, and they become jealous.  Such people rarely declare their jealousy out loud, but their saying nothing speaks for itself. Elizabeth shows that practicing the better includes opportunities to tell someone, “I am so happy for you!”

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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