Saturday, January 3, 2015

Contemplating Mary

On this ninth day of Christmas, I’m contemplating Mary, especially her visitation from Gabriel.  For years I’ve found strength and encouragement in her response to the incredible news that she would be the mother of God, “I am the Lord’s slave. May it be done to me according to Your word”.

While my calling in no way compares with Mary’s, I still relate to her reaction and her acceptance.  First fear.  She was deeply troubled.  I too have been deeply troubled at times by what God says to me and where he leads me.  Into the unknown.  Into uncertainty.  Into strange countries and among strange people.  Into spiritual growth and deeper faith.

Like Mary, I too doubted at first, “How can this be…”.  Not an unbelieving kind of doubt.  Rather, incredulity that God would choose someone like me to serve Him.  Someone with a past like mine, all the hang ups and issues, the lack of skill and education.

And then after considering what the Lord has said to us, Mary and I come to acceptance, “I am the Lord’s slave. Maybe it be done to me according to Your word.”

Finally, we break out in praise to God for looking on us with favor, for the great things he is done for us and for the glory of his holy name.

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