My soul magnifies the Holy One,
         for God, you have looked with favor
         on the lowliness of your servant.

                  —Luke 1.46

What if there was nothing special about Mary at all?
What if she was not particularly pious or virtuous,
but simply willing to hear the Word:
“You have found favor with God.”
What if all that’s needed to ignite a miracle
is the willingness to accept God’s favor?
What if to bring salvation to the world all God needs of us
is to receive God’s delight in us?
To imagine God’s saving grace growing within us.
To trust God’s tender regard for us
despite our lowliness, despite our undeserving;
despite all the hardships and struggles,
even the sin and despair, to trust God’s joy?
Not that we are better, only that we are beloved.
What if all God asks of us is
to say Yes to God’s Yes?
To hear God’s hope for us
and to reply with all our hearts,
“Let it be with me according to your word.”

• • •
Breath prayer:
Your Yes … for me

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

December 10, 2019

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