December 18, 2011


“Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’”
Luke 1:38 (NRSV)

In awe I read Mary’s assent and am struck by her openness, willingness and trust.  Yet, I ask myself, is there a safer place to be than in the hands of God?  Living on the edge of what I know forces me to step into the uncertain and the unknown.

By assenting I, too, open myself to the possibility of being a God bearer.  Consenting to guidance by the still small voice within illuminates my path and perchance the path of another.  As I continue to consent to God working within me, I hear the voice more frequently and more clearly—never insistent—always my choice.  As I act on the Spirit’s direction, I find that I am given power to accomplish each task.

As British poet Minnie Louise Haskins so beautifully elucidated in her poem entitled “The Gate of the Year…”

“I said to the man at the gate of the year—
‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’
And he replied, ‘Go out into the darkness and
Put your hand into the hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.’”*

Prayer:  Lord, help us relinquish our illusion of control so we might be empowered to do your will.  Amen

Question:  How might I live in trust today?

Written by Connie Lee Whalen

*Haskins’ poem was quoted by King George VI in his first Christmas speech, 1939, soon after Britain entered the Second World War.  The quote gave encouragement to a nation and brought fame to an obscure school teacher and poet.

The Bridge is a collaborative ministry by four Downtown Des Moines churches. The Bridge Meditations are part of the ministry of The Bridge which is working to enrich the lives of those working, living and visiting downtown Des Moines. Programs developed by The Bridge offer spiritual formation and development, professional counseling, holistic health and family support. The Connection Cafe is a Bridge ministry which provides a free mid-day meal five days per week. The Connection Cafe is located next to the YWCA on Grand Avenue and is supported by many churches and civic organizations in its ministry. For more information, or to volunteer to help with The Bridge, The Connection Cafe or other Downtown Des Moines ministries contact Rob Hoover at 515-771-1481 or by email at

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