“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it done to me according to your word.”
From Luke 1:26-38
The phone rang once too many times today. Each caller needed something that seemingly only I could provide. Though I am truly humbled that others depend on me, today I ask to be depended upon a little less. I am tired. Three books lie waiting for me to read them. In November, I had shoulder surgery and my recovery continues to monopolize my life. Ugh! There goes that phone again!
I am grateful that Abby called. Our granddaughters’ sitter is ill, and Grandpa and I are needed to fill in tomorrow. Of course my husband and I will make the hour drive in the morning. Of course we will stay as long as we are needed. Of course, we will enjoy every minute we spend with our granddaughters.
As I look over my calendar and prioritize what needs to be done, I notice that this is the Feast of the Annunciation. Hmmm. Mary responded far more generously to the life-changing request made of her than I have to the small requests made of me. I suddenly realize my good fortune. It is an amazing blessing to “be there” when others need me. Like Mary, we never know where our choices to help will lead us. Next time the phone rings, I will try to answer it with Mary’s selfless love.
Oh, Jesus, your mother Mary has given us the perfect example of living not for ourselves, but for you. I overlooked Mary’s lesson today until I heard Abby’s voice and remembered your mother’s words. Jesus, give me the strength to respond with love whenever I am needed, no matter who makes that call.
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