Last week in the Advent devotional that Christina and I are reading entitled God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas we were reminded of the faith and faithfulness of Mary.
“To be anxious is to be human. The question is what we do with our anxieties. The decision is between hanging on to them or handing them over. After listening to the angel, Mary handed over herself, including her anxieties – ‘behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.’ That is Mary’s great fiat – ‘Let it be.’ It is not fatalism, but faith. Fatalism is resigning ourselves to the inevitable; faith is entrusting ourselves to the One who is eternally trustworthy, who is worthy of trust... Faith is not blind faith, but trust with eyes wide open. Faith does not deny the reason for anxiety but rejects the rule of anxiety.”
The weeks leading up to Christmas are always busy. Christmas parties, the pressure of family requirements, additional financial burdens, loneliness or depression can all add extra anxiety around the holidays. Are you hanging on to them or handing them over? What might it look like to trust with eyes wide open this Christmas? To say “Let it be,” reject the rule of anxiety, and receive the gift of Christ.
Published on Thursday, December 13, 2018 @ 3:47 PM EDT