Advent's Tidal Chart

tides spilling life
swelling, rolling, lapping
waves encroaching
white foam spews approaching
moon pulling unseen force
nature’s design follows course

More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,
majestic are the waves of the sea,
majestic on high is the LORD! (Psalm 93:4)

beneath the pull
above breaking crests
speaks a silent power
voices spoke then
hearing your promise
lamenting, singing, all
pointing hope after the Fall.

Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live,
and let me not be put to shame in my hope. (Psalm 119:116)

humanity waits
days flow upon days
months, long years, centuries
prophets hoping
young womb opening
with Spirit invisible
implanting a miracle.

You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea …
as you have sworn to our ancestors
from the days of old. (Micah 7:19-20)

Mary trusted
pleading arms opened
allowing Yahweh instead
to pour upon
her being’s white beach
a swell of life extending
God’s presence within our reach.

Look, the young woman is with child
and shall bear a son, and shall name him
Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)

by Virginia M. Kimball, November 2009

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