"And the angel departed from her. Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth."
After Gabriel left, Mary went to see Elizabeth, her relative. And why not? Elizabeth -- who had conceived in her old age through an act of God -- would certainly believe and understand Mary's story. The older woman would be a great encouragement to the younger. God wants us to encourage others. "Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing." (1 Thessalonians 5:11). The Christmas season can be a difficult time for people. Many are struggling physically, financially, or facing their first Christmas without a loved one. Consider how you can encourage someone else this Christmas. Encouragement is one of the greatest gifts you can give.