The book pens a journey with Mary, the mother of Jesus, as a framework for pondering life lessons, or songs, of grace-filled "yes" to God.

This blog continues to explore the implications of these songs in daily life. Here you will find ten additional reflections on each of Mary's "songs." May they continue to encourage your heart. ~Carla

Tuesday, June 30, 2009


As we drove up to our old place on Lake Superior, we were greeted by a large raven who had taken dominion over the doorway. Having found something to eat, he wasn’t yielding the ground without coaxing. Tenacious old bird.

And then, this morning, I read these amazing words of Jesus, “Fear not, little flock, for it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32). I’ve always envisioned a rather pastoral scene, with sweetly grazing lambs and a kind, vigilant shepherd. But this morning I looked back at the chapter, only to discover that the only “flock” in sight was a company of ravens (12:24). They are scavengers—they don’t sow or reap or place their seed on deposit to collect interest. And, as my sister points out, they are really loud and obnoxious—endowed with a similar tone of voice to mothers in our less “pastoral” moments.

So apparently the Father’s good pleasure doesn’t simply extend to relaxed, trusting herds of sheep, but to anxiety-prone coveys of ravens. And he not only claims them, but comforts them: what else would be the point of Jesus telling them to “fear not,” if they weren’t afraid?

I am so much more naturally like a raven than a lamb. Whether the goal is food and clothes, the activities I want on a short vacation or the long-term behavior of significant others, I am far more prone to grab and grasp than to release and wait. “Let it be to me according to your word” once came swiftly to the lips of an in-graced maid. May it continue to fight its way to the top of my more raven-prone soul. Apparently the Father delights to give the kingdom to those of us with a propensity to grasp even after we recognize that the truly great things can only be received as gift.

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