“Then Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.’” Luke 1:38.
This is Mary’s “yes” to God’s action in her life. Henri Nouwen in his meditations for Advent titled In Joyful Hope says: “You have to say ‘yes’ fully to your powerlessness in order to let God heal you. But your willingness to experience your powerlessness already includes the beginning of surrender to God’s action in you. Your willingness to let go of your desire to control your life reveals a certain trust. The more you relinquish your stubborn need to maintain power, the more you will get in touch with the one who has the power to heal and guide you.”
Jesus, I confess that I struggle to stay in control. My Christmas prayer for myself is to surrender and trust you for what I need to grow.
(c) 2017 Eunice Cheshire
Spiritual Director &
HeartPaths Core Faculty