12-20 Advent Devotional


Susie Webster-Toleno

Luke 1:39-45

 With what wisdom did Elizabeth understand

the fire of life that approached her,

costumed as her simply country cousin?


What was the sacred seed of joy

that leapt within her,

and how did it come to be

planted in such an unlikely host?


With what insight did she recognize

that something holy,

something blessed,

had taken root?


I am not Jesus.

I am not Mary, vessel of such holiness.

I am not John, the leaping seed or the raging prophet.


May I be Elizabeth,

she who notices holiness

and calls it by name.

 Susie Webster-Toleno is an ordained UCC pastor serving a groovy little micro-congregation (Congregational Church of Westminster West, UCC) in rural southern Vermont in a half-time capacity. She is also a hospice spiritual counselor.

©2016 by individual authors and Facebook Narrative Lectionary Group.  This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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