In the movie, The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson placed Mary, the mother of Jesus, in many scenes. We could feel so much through Mary’s poignant eyes.  In Luke 1:38, Mary says, “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 said, “I can’t.” But there was something about Mary, and her faith: she believed God’s message, though she could not see God, she accepted the impossible, though it did not 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 the death of her Savior. The heart-check for me, is: who am I faithful to? The gifts? my kids, my husband, my life. Or the Giver of my gifts?  Jesus.  If I place my faith in the gifts–I will live and breath with uncertainty and disappointment. But if I place my faith in the Giver–I will know that when He gives and takes away it is okay to accept, because it is from His perfect plan and love for my life.  There was something about Mary, that all of us can have in our hearts, too. We only need ask Him.

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