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Just Say Yes – Focus Scripture: Luke 1:26-38

Today’s scripture relates the story of Mary, a young girl from a small town near the Sea of Galilee. We’re told that Mary was a virgin, betrothed but not yet married. Gabriel has just informed Mary that she would conceive and give birth to a son, whom she would name Jesus. Mary could have asked the angel Gabriel an endless string of questions at this point. But because she knew about God’s track record and God’s faithfulness in the past, she asked only one. In verse 34: “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

I believe Mary’s question arose out of her faith, not out of her doubt. Based on what we know about her background and her genealogy, her question implies that she understood well the theology of what she was being asked to do. Her question to the messenger Gabriel, therefore, concerned only the biology of what was to occur. Mary needed just a little bit of clarification, which Gabriel provided. He also reassured Mary that nothing is impossible for God.

I wonder if Mary doubted just a little. We will never know, for with child-like innocence born of a hope that had been nurtured for 42 generations, Mary surrendered her will to God’s will. Even though she didn’t have all the details and without further thought for the consequences of her decision, Mary said “yes” to God’s plan for her life.  In doing so, she exhibited exceptional trust and demonstrated extraordinary faith.


Beckoning God, I surrender my will to your good, acceptable, and perfect will. I pray that you will fill me and use me for your glory. Help me to give back to you the very best of what you have given me. Amen.

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