“Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.”
Luke 1:56 (NIV)
We are told Mary stayed with Elizabeth for almost three months. This means Mary was with Elizabeth during her cousin’s last trimester of pregnancy. Can you imagine the rich fellowship these two women shared? My mind reels thinking about the conversations which transpired between Elizabeth, who is the mother of the one preparing the Way and Mary, who is the mother of the one who is the Way.
“And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me — holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”
Luke 1: 46-55 (NIV)
In this first chapter of Luke, both Mary and later Zachariah sing songs of praise. I find it interesting Luke records the songs of Mary and Zachariah, both of whom met and spoke with the angel Gabriel. The point of this is simple. Those who have stood in the presence of the Lord and who have believed cannot help but praise God and give Him glory. They come away with awe, wonder, and rejoicing at His goodness, His might, and His power.