Today we are reading, in Luke, where Mary goes to see Elizabeth. Mary, who has just spoken to a 'messenger' and knows she is carrying Emmanuel, God with us, is visiting Elizabeth because she has heard Elizabeth is 6 months pregnant. She is going to the one person she can talk to, who might believe, who might understand, who can help Mary as she adjusts to all the changes happening.
One thing to notice is that Elizabeth has not had a messenger or a dream. Elizabeth is still following where God is leading, doing what God is asking but definitely on faith not because of something 'special' happening. Now, as soon as she hears Mary's greeting (I'm thinking kind of a "hello the house! Elizabeth are you home?" type greeting) the baby "leaps in her womb." (v. 41) and Elizabeth is "filled with the Holy Spirit." (v. 41) No wonder she can greet Mary with blessings!!
In The Journey Adam Hamilton points out the mentoring the two women were able to do for each other. The way both were able to help the other one. The older, and the younger, sharing together while strengthening their relationship with God.
Who is God asking you to mentor? The person could be younger or older? In this day, and with technology available, the person could be near you, physically (like Mary and Elizabeth) or across the country or world. How are you growing, with the person, in your relationship with God? Advent is a time of preparation, during our summer Advent AND in December, so how is God asking you to be preparing? Yes, you can be a mentor. Yes, it can be scary! Yes, Emmanuel -- God with us -- is there to guide and strengthen us.