For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
~2 Corinthians 1:20
When will I ever learn to say Amen,
Really assent at last to anything?
For now my hesitations always bring
Some reservation in their trail, and then
Each reservation brings new hesitations;
All my intended amens just collapse
In an evasive mumble: well, perhaps,
Let me consider all the implications . . .
But you can read my heart, I hear you say:
For once be present to me, I am here,
Breathe in the perfect love that casts out fear
Open your heart and let your yea be yea.
Oh bring me to that brink, that moment when
I see your full-eyed love and say Amen.
~Malcolm Guite — “Amen”
Our answer to the invitation to be loved — when we are restless and uneasy, when we are broken and empty, when we feel unknowable and unloveable — should be “Yes”, over and over.
God tells us “Yes”, again and again, that we may know Him as He is one with us. Mere mortals have experienced God born of and from the flesh, as He walked, ate, slept among us.
Christ became the Yes, the covenant, the contract God has made with His people. We are bound to Him, even when we pull away and say “No” as the unloveable are wont to do, regularly and emphatically.
When young Mary was told the impossible, the implausible, the incomprehensible would happen to her, her response was not “No way–go find someone else!”. Her response was “Behold the willing servant of the Lord; let it be unto me according to thy word.” She says, in essence “Yes! And Amen!”
How often do we respond with such trust and faithfulness, accepting Christ as the ultimate “Yes” from God, who ensures our everlasting salvation?
Let it be. Let our Yes be Yes.