Being Open to God's Will
Sometimes people contrast giving with receiving. In Fact, it seems that learning to give often depends on having first learned to receive. Both giving and receiving depend on being able to focus on something other than oneself. Who has taught you to be good at receiving???
Mary is a good example. In Luke 1:26-38, we read the account of the Annunciation. In the last of these verses (v. 38), we hear Mary’s response, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Like many others in Scripture, Mary’s heart is open to God and God’s purposes. Because her heart is open, she does not oppose God’s will with her own will. To receive God’s gifts we must first be open to God’s will. Our will must be subjected to God’s will. Our will must not stand in the way. How are you opening your heart to God’s will today???
O God of abundance, open my heart to receive your good will for my life. Amen.
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