First, I apologize for missing two days last week. Life and schedules and Christmas preparations got the better of me. From time to time they get the better of all of us (or so I tell myself). Despite the best intentions. Despite every desire to get it 100% correct this time, I didn't. I fall short. I can't help but think of Ann Weem's poem "This Year Will Be Different" and in particular:
This year, when we find ourselves off the path again
(and we inevitably will!)
let's not add another stress to our Advent days,
that of "trying to do Christmas correctly"!
And I marvel at Mary's response all the more because of my shortcomings. Being a mother is an overwhelming task. Being the mother of the Messiah? Being the unwed mother of the Messiah? And yet Mary's response is, "let it be to me according to your word."
Such an amazing example of faith, Mary trusted God despite what could have been a very difficult situation. Faced with the possibility of being a single mother, Mary said yes. Faced with raising nothing short of the Messiah, Mary said yes. When I feel overwhelmed with day to day details, it helps to remember that God will see us through anything, when we say, "yes."