Because we were talking about a nativity play I assumed ‘I’ve lost Mary’ was referring to the person playing Mary. What became clear as the conversation went on was that the other person was actually talking about someone called Mary who was the main organiser of the play.
The whole thing doesn’t work without Mary does it? Quite literally in this case but the whole nativity thing is a non starter without her.
Mary was incredible! When an angel tells Mary she will give birth to the son of God she is confused because she is still a virgin. The angel tells her it will be a miracle and so Mary agrees.
Mary’s response is amazing because she had everything to lose:
Who was going to believe that she was still a virgin?
In her culture, sex outside of marriage was forbidden and so Joseph wouldn’t marry her and neither would anyone else.
Her family would reject her and her community would mistreat and gossip about her.
In her culture the penalty for adultery was death.
Mary had everything to lose, her family, friendships, possible marriage and even her life but she still says yes to God.
Mary was willing to trust that God would work things out, she had supreme confidence in him and the way that he was at work.
Will we still say yes to God even when it is costly?
Do we trust God? Do we have the confidence that he will work things out?