“And Mary said, ‘Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.’ And the angel departed from her” (Luke 1:38).
Mary’s affirming response to the declaration of the angel offers much insight into a faith that is willing to say “yes” to the revealed purposes of God. An affirming faith accepts God’s assessment of one’s life. That Mary had favor with God is true not only of her but you. An affirming faith focuses on the possibilities not the problem; God’s answers instead of human questions. An affirming faith recognizes that it is not alone in the Divine drama—even her relative Elizabeth was being used by God. It is a faith not stifled by fear but driven by trust.