Have you ever played the “what if” game, either in your head or with your family? Wondering how your life would be different if…… you’d made different choices; had more/less kids; stayed single /gotten married; taken a different professional path?
Now consider how our life and our world would be different if the Blessed Virgin Mary had said, “No!” when the Angel Gabriel appeared to her. For she certainly had some idea of what a “yes” would entail. Instead, she responded with complete surrender to the will of God. In consenting to give our Savior life, she was also saying yes to giving all of us new life through Him. In becoming His mother, she became ours. Her yes, changed everything. By cooperating completely with the will of God, she brought to us a Savior that would be the sacrificial lamb gaining for us eternal life.
Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word. Luke 1:38
In these last couple days of Advent as you gather with family and those you have adopted as family, prepare your heart to be open to a new life in Him. Contemplate the joy of Mary and Joseph at the birth of Christ, and share in it. Surrender to Him, whatever you have been reluctant to let go of. Say "yes". Give lovingly of yourself to family and friends, making this a precious gift to the Newborn King. Say/sing a prayer of praise, and thank the Lord for the gift of family. May he continue to bring new life to all families.
Peace, Joy, and Love,
Share the joy. Share the Gift. Pass it on.
P.S. There is special news that I will be sharing with you on Christmas Day. Check your email or this blog if you have time!