Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to accept whatever he wants...”  Mary said this after an angel told her she would become pregnant and the Messiah would be her son.  Mary’s response is very profound.  After all, she was a young virgin, unmarried, and poor.  The odds were against her, she could have just said, “I can’t.”  But there was a passion about Mary’s faith:  she believed God’s message, though she could not see God,  she accepted the impossible, though it didn’t make sense.  The faith in Mary’s heart was greater than the sense in her mind.  And by faith, Mary would witness the birth of her son; and by faith, she would witness the death of her Savior.  The heart-check I have with this passage is: “Heather, who are you faithful to?  The gifts: your sons, your husband, your life? or  The Giver of your gifts: your Savior?  My mom’s good friend and my “other Mom,” Betty, lost a gift…her child, Lisa. And I have been humbled and honored to be a spectator in the sojourn of her faith.  Betty walked through pain I can not feel.  And to this day, Betty continues to walk for Who, not by what. This Christmas, I pray that you take time to consider your walk. And that you can declare in your heart what Mary (& Betty) have declared with theirs,  “Lord, I am your servant and I am willing to accept what you want.

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