KEEPING THE FAITH: Let it Be (Fourth Week of Advent)

Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 14:09 PM.

It was during this time that Paul’s mother came to him in a dream, he says. And she said to him, most supportive, “Paul, let it be.” McCartney awoke, went to the piano, and wrote the now classic song: “When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me; Speaking words of wisdom, let it be … There will be an answer, let it be.”

When Mary, the mother of Jesus, not the mother of Paul, said, “Let it be,” she wasn’t despairing of life. She was willingly receiving the way of God for her life. She was admitting that her designs for living would be set aside so that God’s design for her life would come to fruition in and through her.

Hers, like Paul’s, was a song of surrender, not of apathy or hopelessness. It was a song of submission to a higher and better way. Now, this sounds like losing, like we are giving up, but we lose nothing. We gain everything.

By accepting how the world actually is, accepting who we really are, and accepting what God wants for us, we move forward with peace. We collapse into the strength and will of the Almighty. “Let it be.” To confess such a thing is to indeed be full of grace.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, pastor, and author. His newest book is “The Gospel According to Waffle House.” You can read more at www.ronniemcbrayer.me.



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