Saying Yes to God-Fourth Sunday of Advent

Both Mary and Joseph were given a choice to say 'yes’ or ‘no to being the parents of Jesus. In Luke’s Gospel Mary says, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said” (Luke 1:38). And, in Matthew’s Gospel we learn that Joseph changed his mind about dismissing Mary: “When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the Angel of the Lord commanded him, he took her as his wife” (Matthew 1:24) As we celebrate this Fourth Sunday of Advent, we might ask ourselves about saying yes to God.

Kay Warren, the wife of evangelist, Rick Warren, asked herself this very question after reading about the thousands of men, women, and children with Aids in Africa. Writing about her experience, she says: "It is the scariest, the riskiest, the most dangerous thing that anybody can ever do. We say yes to the God who made the universe. He's this powerful, almighty God. But he's a God who is good; he's a God who can be trusted. So when you say yes to him, he takes you places you never thought you would go. Not just externally, but there's a journey that happens on the inside, that is transforming. I want that for everybody. "

When asked who she would like to interview, she replied: Mother Teresa. Here’s her reason:

Question: Whom would you like to interview?

Warren: Well she’s dead, but when I get to heaven I’m gonna talk to Mother Theresa. And I can’t wait to sit down and talk to her about how she lived a life of faith even though she had a lot of doubts. You know some of her more . . . her writings have come to light recently or have been published, and some people were very shaken by that – that Mother Theresa had doubts. And I’m like, “You go girl! Of course you had doubts. We all do.” It wouldn’t require faith if you didn’t have doubts. So really . . . but I’d love to sit down and just talk with her and say, “Tell me how you consistently, over 80 plus years, lived a life that was a life full of faith and service to God in spite of your doubts. And how did you give so much of yourself to so many other people, and deny yourself in such a way that so many other people’s lives were blessed?” I’ve been to Mother Theresa’s home for the dying in Calcutta. I’ve been to one of her orphanages in Rwanda. And she continues to inspire me, and I can’t wait to sit down next to her for a few thousand years and have a good chat.

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