Here I Am, Let It Be

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

  • The stock market has tumbled. 
  • The oceans are warming.                                                                                      
  • Wars do not seem to cease.                                                                                      
  • Congress murmurs of impeachment, and the president decrees it is all ‘false news.”     
  • Davis Benedict and Matthew Schneider have knee surgeries this week.                 
  • Friends such as Terry Herzog have died too young.                                                 
  • Noble leaders such as Bush 41 still grow old and die.                                             

BLESSED ADVENT and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Still the angel comes to Mary and says, ”…you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David.” Mary said to the angel how can this be, since I am a virgin? The angel explained that was the work of the Holy Spirit.

Then Mary said, ”Here I am, the servant of the Lord; LET IT BE with me according to your word.” (Luke 1:29-38 Renovare Bible NRSV translation)

In the help section of my Bible, on this text (NRSV Renovare Bible) the unnamed scholar writes some interesting reflection. The author paraphrases Mary saying, ”I am only the workshop in which you operate, God. Let it be with me according to your word.” Can we, in the midst of all that we see in world, trust the Christ who is at work among us?  Are we willing to offer ourselves fully as Mary did, to let God continue to form us? 

Paul McCartney of Beatles' fame, when asked if the Mary in the song “Let It Be” is his biological mother Mary, the Virgin Mary or some other Mary- has historically responded by saying, ”I do not know.”  Whomever the Mary is, she quotes the mother of our Lord, “Let It Be.”  Reminding us once more that there are no better words for troubled times.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6T5C-jzSH0

Today as you reflect upon the world and your relationship with God, include the words “Let It Be.”  In God's timing, you will find that these words transcend time and transform today's heart(s).

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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