6. Mary of Nazareth said yes by letting go.
Mary of Nazareth was the Jewish mother of Jesus. She is lauded as the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Mary, Madonna. She was faithful, courageous, and strong—but she was also a real woman who faced great pain, sacrifice, and grief.
She loved her husband, Joseph, and her son Jesus. She lost them both.
No matter what Mary faced, she chose to participate in God’s plans. Mary, like Hannah centuries earlier, sang yes! to God even though she had no idea what her future held. When the angel Gabriel first appeared to her, she said “Yes, Lord” to the possibility of losing her fiancé and living in disgrace as an unwed mother.
She said yes to an unknown, unchosen new season in her life. Mary had no idea what she was agreeing to, yet she blossomed into the biggest yes of her life.
These women came alive to me while I was writing Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back.
I imagined the pain of being Eve, the first woman to grieve a son’s death and accept another son’s estrangement.
I felt the fear and loneliness of being Ruth, a childless widow who moved to a new country and started over.
I wondered what it would be like to be Queen Esther when all you really want is your mom and dad, a home, a normal life.
I felt Mary’s confusion and grief of giving birth to a son, raising and loving him until the moment he breathed his last on the cross.
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