The mother of Jesus was there, (John 2:1)

a wedding under the huppah,

canopy over two young lives --

youth from the peaks of Amanah,

naïve and scared as she had been,

there they stood to drink from one cup,

rough pottery on sweet smooth tongues,

pledged love joining bodies as one,

drinking kiddush, a blessing wine,

two in one

for life to come.

Rejoice, Miryam! 

You hug the joy of God.

Yahweh has come to you ...

You are happy, rejoicing with all women,

 and joyful is God's fruit within your womb.

This bride ravished his heart, captured

by one quick glance with eyes like dove's, 

sealed with a necklace of pearl and gold,

hopeful pronouncement of life so bold.

Embraced in love, far more delight

than any wine; ointment sweeter

than any spice! Lips drip honey,

"You are beautiful, my treasure!"

Life is God's gift of this pleasure. (Song of Songs 4:9-15)

Rejoice, Miryam! 

You hug the joy of God.

Yahweh has come to you ...

You are happy, rejoicing with all women,

 and joyful is God's fruit within your womb.

He is like Solomon, riding

a wagon of Lebanon cedar,

its posts of silver, its roof gold,

a purple seat with ivory. (Song 3: 9-11)

His sight, in her eye, instant love,

as he leaps from rock to rock on

high fields, like a gazelle above,

his voice calling: "Arise, beloved,

my precious one, and come!"

Rejoice, Miryam! 

You hug the joy of God.

Yahweh has come to you ...

You are happy, rejoicing with all women,

 and joyful is God's fruit within your womb.

Feasting begins -- Mary touches

the jar's cool water, bending and

blessing herself in immersion 

holding to life, celebration, 

a ritual: two lives who soon

will be one with each other ... and

the Author of Life.

Rejoice, Miryam! 

You hug the joy of God.

Yahweh has come to you ...

You are happy, rejoicing with all women,

 and joyful is God's fruit within your womb.

Confiding in God, and singing,

"I rejoice heartily, Yahweh,

for God is the joy of my soul." (Isaiah 61: 10)

Mary knew and her family knew,

bride and bridegroom knew ... in marriage  

there is God's proposal too,
"like bridegroom adorned with diamonds,

like bride bedecked with jewels." (Is 10-11)

It is God's wedding, for a land

called "Espoused," children named "Delight."

And as man marries a virgin,

Builder marries too. As bridegroom

rejoices, God rejoices anew. Is 62: 4-5

Rejoice, Miryam! 

You hug the joy of God.

Yahweh has come to you ...

You are happy, rejoicing with all women,

 and joyful is God's fruit within your womb.

Wine has run out! Life to renew, 

Mary mother knew what to do,

water to wine, covenant new,

"go and do just what he tells you." John 2: 5

"A wedding day of the Lamb comes," Revelation 19:7

Christ’s saving way has just begun.
 

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