Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Committed Yes!

November 30 - The Annunciation 
by Kathleen Norris

Mary's "How can this be?" is a simpler response than Zechariah's and also more profound. She does not lose her voice but finds it. Like any of the prophets, she asserts herself before God, saying, "Here am I." There is no arrogance, however, but only holy fear and wonder. Mary proceeds--as we must do in life--making her commitment without knowing much about what it will entail or where it will lead. I treasure the story because it forces me to ask: When the mystery of God's love breaks through into my consciousness, do I run from it? Do I ask of it what it cannot answer? Shrugging, do I retreat into facile clichés, the popular but false wisdom of what "we all know"? Or am I virgin enough to respond from my deepest, truest self, and say something new, a "yes" that will change me forever?

Watch For the Light
Readings for Advent and Christmas

Making a commitment “without knowing much about what it will entail or where it will lead” is a very, very tough thing for me to do.  I need a plan – a detailed plan.  I need to know the route to my destination and how long it will take.  I need to know what to expect both along the way and when I arrive.  I pour over maps.  I plan agendas and make lists. 

But deep down what I really want to do is offer an unconditional, trusting “yes” and be changed forever. 



  1. Let it be unto you according to your word....

    (referring to your very last sentence, Sandy)

    For me that's like letting go of the rope of a trapeze and trusting-KNOWING that He's there to catch me.


  2. Beautiful reading! My hubby is the planner in the family. When the one I love and trust says, 'Come with me' I just gladly say yes. But then I do have input, we discuss, I make my feelings known or we change plans along the way. Still learning to say 'yes' unequivocally, because HE does know best.