Blessed are those who believe. Mary favors Elizabeth with a visit. Together Mary and Elizabeth become examples of God’s blessing for the lowly. A barren old woman and an unmarried young woman each are favored by God. Each expresses praise for what God is fulfilling in their life. Their experiences remind us that knowing God is with us, and even that we have received God’s favor, does not mean our lives will be without hardship. In the midst of struggles and challenges, we can and do experience joy. May joy be in our bones and praise on our lips.