The Second Week of Advent
Come, Lord Jesus, Come! Come and visit your people.
We await with earnest expectation of your coming.
“And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” Luke 1:45 (NRSV)
Mary was indeed blessed to be the mother of the Jesus, God’s own Son, because she received the angel’s words by faith. Mary eventually said, “Yes, to being used by God.” At first, Mary didn’t fully understand how she was going to give birth, since she had not been with any man. After she came to a fully understanding, she said yes to God. God used her just as the angel had promised.
Mary’s YES came at a considerable cost. Joseph was willing to walk away from the relationship, until there was divine intervention that changed his mind. I am sure that Mary had to live with the stigma of being impure. The stigma of being sexually active outside of wedlock. Little did the people know that Mary’s boy Child, Jesus Christ was born for theirs and our salvation. He was born to take away their sins and the judgmental attitudes.
Mary’s YES reminds us that when we obey God and He blesses us, that His blessings may or may not be exactly as we expected. When we TRUST God, we may not get all of the things we want in life, but our hearts will be transformed and conformed to His WILL.
Invitation to prayer: Look forward to saying YES to God. Say Yes to being used by God.
Prayer: Lord, just like Mary, our desire is to say Yes to whatever you want from us in life. Our desire is to do you WILL. Please help us to walk in agreement with. Amen!