Aug 292013

Mary said, “I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be done according to your word” (Luke 1:38). Mary displayed total trust in God. She is a model of confidence for us. This complete trust is what our heavenly Father asks of us, too.
The measure of our trust comes not when the sun is shining, the bills are paid, the appliances are all working, and everyone we know and love is healthy and happy. Trust proves itself with the confidence we have in God through difficult, dry times – periods of desolation, sorrow and pain.
As we strive to be more faithful stewards of God’s blessings, sometimes we find ourselves wanting to bargain with the Lord. We hold back, fearful of turning everything over to God. A moment of truth arrives when pain enters our life, or we are confronted with the realization that we are not letting God be in charge. This is the moment when we must choose to trust in a good and gracious God.
Stewardship means living a conscious, committed life in Christ. We cannot hold back or bargain. Pray daily that you are able to trust that God will guide and care for you.
Diocesan Stewardship Commission

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