I Samuel 1:18. "And she said, ‘Let your servant find favor in your sight.'"
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation. This Holy Day invites us to remember the visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. The visit occurs after Angel Gabriel has visited Mary to tell her the good news that she would bear the Son of God. Now this beautiful truth is affirmed by Elizabeth when her babe leaps in the womb and she pronounces blessings on Mary and her child. It is a beautiful reminder of God's love and favor and it echoes the story of Hannah who prays for God's favor and is blessed with a pregnancy herself. Hannah ultimately gives birth to the prophet Samuel. The common thread in the life of three of these women is faith ... faith in a God who loves us and is eager to bless us.
What might it look like to follow this example of faith in your own life? How might trusting in God's love, favor, and eagerness to bless you change the way you pray? Live?