Whereas Lutherans do not pray directly to Mary and the Saints, nor seek their assistance, we nonetheless pay a great deal of respect to them. Mary, the Mother of Our Lord, is a great example of what it means to be a Christian. You can say that she conceived the Christ Child in her womb by way of her ear, for when she heard the Word of the Lord from the Angel Gabriel, that Word found a believing heart. Mary said, "Behold your servant, let it be to me according to your word!" And we too, as Christians, receive Christ into our lives when we hear and believe the Good News of what Christ accomplished by his dying and rising so that we might have forgiveness and eternal life.