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Prayer for the Week of December 31 — The Yes

December 31, 2012

“Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”  Luke 1:28


By my son, age 10



It is just mind-blowing.  An angel appears with an incredible and completely unbelievable message.  He calls her highly favored.  As a young women from a poor community struggling under the Roman rule, she may not have felt highly favored.  But things became even more extraordinary when the angel said  she would bear a son.  She was a virgin.  But, the angel said not to fear.  The Holy Spirit would come upon her and conceive in her!  And the sign that all these fantastic things are true: her cousin–an old women–was with child!

And then the angel summed up perfect theology for that moment and all of history: For with God nothing shall be impossible.

And here’s what has been continually sending me into states of awe all Christmas season long: Mary said yes.


“Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.”  Luke 1:38

She could have said no.  But she said yes.  Yes to a crazy plan of being pregnant by God Himself!  Yes to being ostracized by her community and family.  Yes to perhaps losing her husband and any chance at another.  Yes to raising the Son of God!  That’s a whole lot to say yes to!

I have trouble saying yes to being slightly inconvenienced by giving my time to those (I somewhat self-righteously deem) who are unworthy.  I have trouble saying yes to getting up a little earlier to pray.  Or to dropping everything to entertain an angel.  Oh, I am the queen (the supreme queen, I’m tellin’ ya!) at giving the Lord excuses.  But, Mary…..

She said YES.

She said yes to everything the Lord asked.  Is it any wonder that Jesus, when grown, said Yes to her when she asked Him to do something about the lack of wine at a wedding.  Jesus said it wasn’t yet His time.  It seems like He didn’t quite want to perform that particular miracle that day.  But, how, looking at Mary–who had said Yes to everything–could He say no to this request?

You see, saying Yes, is the key to everything.  We are so good at saying no.  Because we are afraid or hurt or unsure or lacking in faith.  But the YES is the key to everything.  YES is the key to all things being possible with God.

Oh, this coming year may have its share of challenges.  Fiscal cliffs and civil rights violations.  Family drama and personal struggles.  God challenging you up and onward and your flesh tugging you to the same ol’.  This year may hold unbelievable abundance.  And at the same time (because the two can co-exist) it may hold bone-rocking tragedy.  And yet…..


So, let’s say YES!  Let’s not be held back by fear or doubt or unbelief or our pasts.  Let’s not be held captive to the culture or others’ expectations.  Let’s say yes–to love and adventure and peace and rest and believing that the impossible is just the possible in disguise–waiting for a yes to unwrap it.

 Lord, behold your servant.  Let it be to me, according to Your word.  Amen.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2012 4:45 pm

    Great post ~ such a wonderful reminder to say yes even when it’s hard!
    I hope you have a very happy New Year. I received my book the other week & love, love, love it!! Thank you very much!
    God bless you in the new year!

    • January 2, 2013 8:30 am

      So glad you are enjoying the book! Happy New Year!!!

  2. ladydorothy permalink
    December 31, 2012 5:12 pm

    VERY good post. I wonder where you got your queen status? 😉

    I have to comment on that fabulous picture. I want a print! Seriously.

  3. January 1, 2013 8:52 pm

    I agree with Lady Dorothy. That is a fabulous picture by Israel. Sweet and powerful all at once. Thank you for telling it like it is…or should be. Lord Jesus, help us to keep saying yes to You!


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