passionotchrist_113pyxurz-600x450-150x150In the Christmas narrative, Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant, I am willing to accept whatever he wants”  Mary said this after an angel told her she would become pregnant and that Jesus the Christ, would be her son.  Mary’s response is very profound.  She was young, single, poor and a virgin.  The odds were against her, she could have said, “I can’t.”  But Mary had 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 logic 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.  Here’s the consideration:  what am I faithful to?  The gifts: my family, my husband, my life? Or the giver of my gifts: our God.  Several years ago,  my “mom #2,” Betty, lost a gift…her daughter.  Lisa was a Navy Academy cadet, on her way to the Army-Navy football game, when she was killed in a tragic car accident.  I’ve been one of many inspired-spectators to Betty’s faith.  Betty walks through pain but lives by faith. To this day, Betty continues to walk by faith with God. Never afraid to ask Him “why,” but never to give up on her faith and leave Him.  This Christmas, I pray we declare in our hearts what Mary (and Betty) have declared in theirs,  “Lord, I am your servant and I am willing to accept what you want.”  That whatever God’s calling you to do by faith, that your faith will triumph!

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