Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Let It Be

Daily Gratitude Year Four-Day 340: Today, I am grateful Mary said "Let it be". 

I was praying about today's post, and then... there is was. A whisper from the past (or the Holy Spirit) of the sweet trilogy of books I found in High school. Imagine that CS Lewis meets Dr. Suess and they decide to share the gospel together. That is how I would best describe Calvin Miller's, The Singer. 

The heart of the gospel is wrapped in the art of the rhythm and rhyme... but there is so much more. It unwraps a Savior who came to be with us... with God's song of love... to sing to us like a troubadour.  Miller, also, wrote some Readings for Advent. I like this observation about a sweet, young and ordinary Mary who acted in an extraordinary way:

“We must look to Mary's example to know how to deal with the glorious impossibilities of God. Look how she turned the world upside down by making one simple statement ...” 
― Calvin MillerThe Christ of Christmas: Readings for Advent

"And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her."-Luke 1:38 

She responded to God's call with trust and a "yes."  Not a "Wait!" or a "Why me?" She said, "Let it be."

"Let It Be" - The Beatles capture it in song.

"Let it be", a mother tells a child to protect the child or something precious...or both. 

"Let it be to me as you have said." - Mary says "yes". 

Mary knew she was not holy... but she was willing to make herself wholly available to God. That is why she was chosen. She is a delight. I can only imagine the emotions. Or, can I? Really?

One simple acceptance of a call from a God who tenaciously clings to the possibility that his masterpiece of creation will choose him back. Love him back. This season, if we let it... can fill our hearts with wonder. 

In the popular "The Princess Bride" - Buttercup learns that "As you wish." is Wesley's way of saying "I love you... whatever you ask of me... I am yours". 

"Let is be"... "as you wish".  Submission, surrender and salvation arrive together. Not a God who wants control, but one who desires the intimacy of a real relationship. 

Today, I am grateful Mary said "Let it be". 

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