Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back to her own home” (Luke 1:56, NLT).

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Becoming a mother can be a scary thing. A couple of weeks before my first child was born, I remember crying to my husband I didn’t think I could be a good mother. It was unknown territory to me and seemed too hard. I had never changed a diaper! I was glad to have my own mother nearby and friends to support me, especially the one who told me to always carry a change of clothing for the baby—and one for myself as well.

When Mary, who was still a teenager, learned from the angel Gabriel she would be having a baby, she must have felt some fear and anxiety. She knew she had been chosen for a special privilege and God was on her side, but this was a big deal in her young life. We don’t know how the other women in her community reacted to her news or how they treated her—maybe they gathered around or maybe they looked at her with suspicion and judgment. She knew from the angel her cousin Elizabeth was also expecting, so she went for a long visit and received the love and support she would need for what lay ahead. God knew she would need the love, advice and help of another first time mother and provided exactly what she needed, when she needed it, as only a loving Father would do.

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