December 3

Written by Bill Grandi on December 3rd, 2019

My title for this devotion is A Person vs A Blob.

I read something this morning that got my wheels spinning. It was something I had never really thought much about. So I’d like to put it out there for you to think about.

First, let me say this: I am not a political person. I hate politics. I hate talking about it. I won’t blog about it. So you may ask, “If so, Bill, why this devotion?” Because I don’t believe the “baby in the womb” is a political discussion; it is a moral one. With that being said, I give you this devotion.

It struck me today that when Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who was already six months pregnant, Luke 1:39-45 records part of their interaction. Verse 41 says, “And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” Not bad for a blob, a mass of nothingness. I’m being sarcastic-yes. The baby (John) leaped in her womb. That being-whom some say is not alive, viable, or a person-recognized who just came into the room. Not Mary but Jesus! Not only is Elizabeth humbled with the visit from Mary, but her next words reveal even more: “And why is this granted that the mother of my lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.” WOW!! If there was any question who Mary’s baby was that answers it. And if there was any question about the personhood of a baby in a womb, that question is answered also.

Person or blob. There should be no question.

“Father, thank you for this account. In a different way than normal, you have shown me the personhood and the awareness of a baby in the womb. May I react the same way John did when I am in the presence of Jesus.”


8 Comments so far ↓

  1. Wow, Bill…awesome!!!! Wow!

  2. You made me see this Bible passage in a whole new light, Bill. Wow! And yes, may we all react like John when we behold Jesus.

  3. floyd says:

    That’s an excellent observation and point, preacher!!!

  4. Jim Markland says:

    Powerful. When the angel Gabriel came to Zachariah he told him his son would be filled with the Holy Spirit before he was even born. Just as Gabriel said, John was filled with the Holy Spirit, immediately upon the interaction of Elizabeth and Mary. This impactful event is a part of the Christmas story that has eluded me all these years. I am truly touched by this.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Thanks Jim. Glad I was able to open another story that has more impact than we can imagine.