Sister of Moses/Anna's Daughter

Miryam Image

Sister of Moses and Aaron

Miryam lies buried in the desert of Zin
her song and timbrel silenced and dim …

List’ning to her heart she knew God’s will
Brother too shy yet remembered still …

Pharoah’s fierce charge with hundreds of men
thwarted by prayer and song of women …

Dance all women, chant, sing on those frets !
Dance in freedom, for some will forget …

Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister,
Took a tambourine in her hand [Exodus 15: 20]
Sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously;
Horse and rider he has thrown into the sea. [Exodus 15:21]
The LORD is my strength and my might,
and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him [Exodus 15:2]

Anna's daughter

Up Zion’s hill in steps of ascent danced the child
those brisk skips tickling an old man’s smile …
Like the image of Hannah who cried for a while
convincing God in her female trial …

Almost forgotten in quiet hills of Judah
Anna recalled a dear name with awe …
God chose Mary with a name of significance
ancient ways to show such a joy of remembrance …
My soul magnifies the LORD, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
For he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
[Mary’s Magnificat, Luke 1:47-48]

Young brave girl named Mary sings at Nazareth’s a well -
mankind clasps God’s waiting hand to splash away hell,
she clings to The One, embracing El,
new Exodus that prophets foretell.

Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high,
who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust,
and lifts the needy from the ash heap. [Psalm 113: 5-7]

He raises up the poor from the dust;
He lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes
and inherit a seat of honor. [Hannah’s song in I Samuel 2: 8]

by Virginia M. Kimball, November 2009

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