Mary: “Let it be with me according to your word.” (Advent Day 4)

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It’s Day Four of Advent and we’re still introducing some of the main characters.

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Today I’d like us to think about Mary. Mary is – in my opinion – one of the most consistently misrepresented characters in The Greatest Story Ever Told. Catholicism tends to place her on a pedestal, unnecessarily. And then – often as a reaction against Mary Worship – her role is under-appreciated by protestants who reject everything associated with the church in Rome.

Like Joseph, Mary was committed to her faith and attentive to God’s voice. She was young, and she was ordinary, but she allowed God to do something extraordinary in and through her.

For me, that ordinary into extraordinary equation comes into play every time I remember Paul’s observation that, “‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

COURAGE: Personally, I appreciate Mary a lot. Again, like Joseph, she demonstrated tremendous courage in the face of potentially brutal recriminations. “Here am I,” she said, humbly, “the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).

Talk about faithfulness! Talk about complete trust in the providence of God! Talk about selfless commitment!

mary and baby jesusMary took the responsibility of caring for God, without hesitation. That was a huge responsibility. She raised Jesus, she nurtured him until the day he went public with his ministry, she watched him suffer, and she watched him die. How her heart must have broken.

In Mary I see the quiet, committed obedience I have such a hard time embracing in my own journey as a disciple.

“Here I am, Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”

– DEREK

PRAYER: Thank you, loving God, for believing in all of us the way you believed in Mary. May her sweet humility and great courage be our guide. Amen

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2 thoughts on “Mary: “Let it be with me according to your word.” (Advent Day 4)

  1. RevDrEarl@aol.com

    Only Royalty wore purple. Mary was a very low class, humble? person. At least that is the way I would envision her. Not a heavy purple robe and hood.

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