Today we honor Mary’s open heart of faithfulness when the Angel Gabriel appeared with the Good News of God’s love for us & of her special role in bearing His son into this world.
“…you will be with Child…”
“…Yes, I am the handmaid of the Lord; may it be done to me as you have said.”
i don’t think many of us realize what Mary risked with her ‘yes’ – not just her dreams of future happiness as the wife of her fiancé, Joseph. It was a very different time(!) Pregnant, unmarried women faced harsh death by stoning.
Mary risked DEATH…
But she believed the angel’s words: “…NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD.”
…& then she looked at the impossibilities & saw possibilities
…with confidence in God.
Trust. Faith. Grace. Love.
Confident in the love of God, Mary kept saying ‘yes’ to God – to the foot of the Cross where she stood by faith in her sorrows …& beyond…
May God strengthen our faith to say ‘yes’ like Mary, in joyful times & through sorrows.
grace, peace & saying ‘yes’
Virginia : )
Beautiful post! So true! Actually saying it bluntly, “Mary risked death”, kinda puts it all in perspective, doesn’t it? She was asked to do all that and said yes without a thought. We are asked to do so little and we hem and haw over it instead of giving ourselves wholly and without hesitation.
Amen Bridget (!!) Methinks if we focus on saying ‘yes’ to the little nudges (those Heavenly kind), we will be better equipped to give ourselves completely to the Big Yes opportunities (when our Faith is on the line)….
Mary risked death, shame, prejudice, ridicule — what are we risking?
Thanx for your comment & BTW, your blog is GREAT : )