Friday, July 4, 2014

Let it Be

“Yes, I see it all now…

Let it be with me

just as you say.”
Luke 1:37,38

There is no doubt that Mary had
a gift of wisdom beyond her years.
When the angel announced to her
that she would give birth to God's Son,
she was able to see.
And, in her seeing, replied with,
“Let it be.”

I was just talking with a friend about
the Beatles’ song, “Let it Be,"
one of my favorite songs growing up.
There is great debate over that song and the Beatles,
but I don't care about all that right now.
Lately I have been hearing this song as an echo
of Mary’s ultimate surrender to circumstances.
And her trust in her God.
That is what makes the sound of "let it be"
so powerful for me today.

Paul McCartney wrote that song during
a very difficult time in his life.
His mother Mary, who had died years ago,
came to him in a dream and said to him,
“Let it be. Be gentle, don’t fight things…
it will all work out.”
It brought him tremendous peace, 
and he wrote the song.

“When I find myself in times of trouble,
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be…
And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine on until tomorrow, let it be."

There is a universal truth in this song.
It speaks of consolation, light and peace
in times of trouble, chaos, suffering.
When the Spirit is releasing words,
there is a place of worship within that sound.
When there are troubles,
a cloudy night, a dark hour--
there is still a light that shines on me.
Shine until tomorrow, let it be.
Truth is bigger than a song,
bigger than a band, bigger than circumstances.
"The light shines in the darkness, and
the darkness can never extinguish it."
John 1:5

Many of us have been walking in 
some dark hours and cloudy nights.
But there is still a light that shines--
and no cloud, no darkness can extinguish that.
I take that truth and receive the grace
to surrender in trust. 
Speaking words of wisdom, I echo, 
Let it be
with me, Lord, 
just as You say.

*Image: My friend, Jewel, sent me this image of 
her friend Clare's new license plate,  from the land down under.

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