Posted by: vftmom247 | 2012/07/23

Mary and Elizabeth- Sisterly Models

I went to a few days of our LifeTeen summer camp here in Europe. It was incredible to see teens from four countries worshipping God. My favorite moment was in Adoration. I was there, Jesus was there on the altar, my husband next to me, two of my children up front to be closer to Jesus – not to see better, but to be closer to Him…and around us, teens lost in adoration of God.

One of the sessions I had the privilege to sit in on featured a truly wonderful woman. I’ve heard her speak before, and she always gives me something of value to ponder. Thank you, Monica M. Today, the topic was on sisterhood, featuring Mary and Elizabeth. Keep in mind, this talk was given to teenaged girls. Mary was in the first trimester of (an unmarried) pregnancy, scared as heck, maybe morning sickness. Not the most self-sacrificial time. Yet, she knew Elizabeth needed her help and support, so Mary went on foot, to support and humbly serve her sister.Elizabeth, for her part, had to muster the humility to allow this woman, her sister, the mother of our Lord, to serve her. These two things reflect how God wants us to serve each other and Him.

So how does this speak to us today? Women have a hard time in today’s world giving and accepting support sometimes. Even the TV shows on Disney that I used to watch with my daughter usually had one supporting character who specialized in cutting people down. Humble support is just not really big on the worldly radar. Yet, this is what God calls us to do. He knows we can’t do it all ourselves, that we need not just Him, but our sisters. Who can better support a woman than another woman?

We need to reach out to our sisters. We need to accept that help- not always an easy thing to do. We need to dare to give, dare to receive, and to support ourselves by forgiving ourselves. Is this easy? Not always…but it’s the mission God is calling us to.

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Responses

  1. We modern, educated women put so much pressure on ourselves when we start to believe that we can have it all and do it all, and we don’t need anybody because we can do it ourselves. Then we convince ourselves that we’re happy. But in reality, the measure of success isn’t about what designer bag we carry, or how many degrees we have, but in our loving relationships with those around us, how we treat other people and most importantly, how we treat God.


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