The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Pondering Mary

'Let it be according to your word'

"We don't need Mary," I was told as a child. "We address God directly. Too much Mary takes away from Jesus." I didn't argue. I focused on Christ crucified and risen, and still do. Yet, I find myself drawn to Mary.

Mary's story welcomes me to go deeper with my yearning to say, "Let it be to me according to your word" (Luke 1:38). I marvel at how she decisively spoke these words. No passivity, only massive trust in God's trustworthiness. I value her company because this is my journey, too, to have the inner freedom to say these same faith-filled words, to respond with a passionate "yes" to God's invitation.

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