As Elizabeth met Mary, John leaped in her womb. Elizabeth knew right away that something incredible was going on. These two women each had a unique encounter with God. Neither fully understood what would happen. Their reactions were surely human. Pray that when God calls you to act, your reaction will be to obey, even when you do not necessarily see the “why.”

This post is part of a series of reflections that take us through the Advent season. They are intended to help us set our minds on the true meaning of Christmas. Manning Brown, director of Regular Baptist Chaplaincy, compiled these reflections for his church while he was stationed in Germany.