A Scary, Exciting Yes

What happens after you say “Yes!”?

“Oh my gosh, what have I done?”
Second guessing
Cold feet

Probably all of these things happen after we say yes to something that matters. Our yes and our no are some of the most important things we can do; we don’t take them lightly.

Probably all of those emotions happened after Mary said yes to the angel Gabriel in Luke 1:26-38. But Mary went a step further and moved into worship and praise of God – the God who called her into this yes. Luke 1:46-55. Mary models for us what it means to allow God to change who we are so that we might become God-bearers, God-bringers, God-showers.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9 or 10:30 am as together we learn from Mary how we can say yes to God.

Grace and peace,

A Blessing for After
By Jan L. Richardson
This blessing
is for the moment
after clarity has come,
after inspiration,
after you have agreed
to what seemed

This blessing
is what follows
after illumination departs
and you realize
there is no map
for the path
you have chosen,
no one to serve
as guide,
nothing to do
but gather up
your gumption
and set out.

This blessing
will go with you.
It carries no answers,
no charts,
no plans.
It carries no source
of light
within itself.

But in its pocket
is tucked a mirror
that from time to time
it will hold up to you
to remind you
of the radiance
that came
when you gave
your awful and wondrous


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