Friday, December 20, 2019

Friday, December 20, 2019

1 Samuel 2:1b – 10  
Psalm 66, 67
Titus 2: 1 – 10  
Luke 1: 26 – 38 

When the angel visits Mary with a powerful invitation to her from God I like to imagine that this young woman of deep faith, sitting quietly in her room, becomes aware of a radiant divine light of joy encompassing her.  A deep feeling of God’s unconditional love enfolds her, offering hope and reassurance that “all will be well” despite her “earthly” concerns.   Light and love fills her soul, giving her courage to say “yes” to the mystery of the unknown; “yes” to the birth of God’s Son within her; “yes” to sharing in the joy of God’s plan of salvation.   

How can we, too, say “yes” to God so that we can be more alive and aware of that same divine light and limitless love growing within us as we journey deeper in relationship with God?

When I take time to practice patience and “wait” in silence and stillness I realize God is born anew in me each day:

I listen for and hear God’s “music” within me and others; 
I let go of being in control and open myself completely to God, warts and all, knowing that I am always precious in God’s sight;
I learn to trust without asking “why” knowing that God is always with me despite my fears;

May we each find time daily to be still, to wait, to delight with God and, like Mary, to say “yes” to God’s birth in us!

Margaret Macmillan   

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