19 December 2013

let it be unto me

Bonnie asked us to think 
about which character in the Christmas story 
speaks to us most deeply 
and I think of Mary

but we are not yet in Bethlehem
nor are we on the way
my spirit trembles, resonates 
with the pre-Christmas story

Mary was busy with the details of life
yes, she loved her God
but she also loved her betrothed
promises, dreams and plans 
swirled through her thoughts
day after ordinary day

promises, dreams and plans 
swirl through my thoughts
day after ordinary day

but God interrupts
with plans of His own
sending word
before shuffling the deck

The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, 
for you have found favor with God. 
And now, you will conceive in your womb 
and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 
He will be great, 
and will be called the Son of the Most High, 
and the Lord God will give to him 
the throne of his ancestor David.
He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, 
and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 
Mary said to the angel, 
“How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 
The angel said to her, 
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, 
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; 
therefore the child to be born will be holy; 
he will be called Son of God.

perhaps Mary could have said no
perhaps I can say no
when what He asks doesn't seem to suit my desires
but I hear the quiet voice as the Holy Spirit sings
reminding me of my quest
a life laid down, surrendered
to reply, boldly as Mary did

Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; 
let it be done to me according to what you have said. 

I have tasted the blessings of obedience
and I hunger for more of the same
let it be unto me
let it be unto me
let it be unto me
as He wills

jamming with Bonnie about characters in the Christmas story


Rachael @ Inking the Heart said...

Amen! Let it be unto me too. My we remember Mary's obedience and surrender to the Lord's will in her life all year long. Merry Christmas blessings to you! Love, Rachael @ Inking the Heart

Lisa notes... said...

"let it be unto me
let it be unto me
let it be unto me
as He wills"

That phrase "let it be unto me" has really resonated with me this season. So glad to meet up with it again here. Beautiful post.

Melissa said...

Beautiful. Of course we can say no, we can always say no as we have free will, but the Bible is also clear about the way God used people to accomplish what He wanted them to do even when they went the other way (Jonah most notably and then related to this story, Zechariah's questioning of God's message to him). Blessings to you and yours.

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