A remarkable text by Richard Leach in an effective and appealing setting. It uses images of Mary's bearing Jesus as a model for living a Christian life.
Told of God's favor, told of God's purpose,
Mary said, "Tell me, how can this be?"
Told of the Spirit, told of the power,
told of the promise, Mary said yes.
Yes to conceiving, yes to the body
changing and growing, yes to the flesh.
Yes to the new life kicking within her,
yes to the pleasure, yes to the pain.
Yes to the waiting, yes to the labor,
yes to the hurting, yes to the birth.
Yes to the baby, yes to the future,
yes to the holy, yes to the world.
Told of Christ Jesus, told of the Spirit,
can we say yes as Mary said yes?
Yes for our bodies, yes for our spirits,
yes for the future, yes for right now?
Praise to the Spirit, praise to the Most High
sending the word that Mary was told.
Praise to Christ Jesus, who was made welcome
into or world when Mary said yes.
Text: Richard Leach
© 1994 Selah Publishing Co., Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa., 15227. All rights reserved.
Comments from the Author, Richard Leach
In Luke chapter 1, the angel Gabriel comes to Mary and tells her that she will be the mother of Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. At first Mary questions. Then she says, "Let it be with me according to your word." This anthem begins with Mary's question: "How can this be?" It moves on to speak of what she says "yes" to when she says, "Let it be"--pregnancy and childbirth, the God who addresses her through Gabriel, her son and the new future for the world that he will bring. The anthem then asks whether we can say yes as Mary did, giving ourselves without reservation, body and soul, to the purposes of God. It closes with praise to the Trinity.