It was a quiet morning in Nazareth,

Mary at the well, in the early morning hours,

before the heat of the day.


Light is sown for the righteous,

and gladness for the upright in heart. Psalm 97:11


And in a moment, it happened … blue gentle light

enwrapping her, a presence that terrified.

A presence coming to say:


 “Give me a drink.” John 4:7

[Later], Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life.” John 11:25


Night was dark, the cave damp and cold,

her Child came, contracting forth in labor

from her young womb.


Rise up in splendor! Your light has come,

glory of the LORD shines upon you.

See, darkness covers the earth. Isaiah 60:1-2


Resting from the work of woman, she rolled

on her bed to look away, into the morning sky,

seeing the morning star.


Behold, the star which wise men saw in the East,

a light that came and stood over the Child. Matthew 2:9


Light: powerful, life-giving brilliance

- engulfed her body, her life – Mary glowed

inside, Emanuel had come.


Behold, an angel of the Lord stood before

the shepherds, and the glory shone around them. Luke 2:9


Mother, as she was, knew Mt. Tabor’s light

as he grew.  Nursed and held this Power of Most High.

Her son: the light of life.


In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

And the light shines in the darkness.  John 1:4-5


Resurrection comes, His mother knows it will.

Her son, walking from the grave and over it,

the Light for our salvation.


The LORD is my light and my salvation.

The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom am I afraid? Psalm 27:1


All her life, Mary looked for the Risen Light

to rise.  Now, we wait for First Light

at Pascha … real glow in our sight.


Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Psalm 43:3


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