With trust, Miryam took that fearful step

from simple joy as “little girl”:

to the throbbing task of being human,

and pulsing into womanhood.

 

From home with Anna and Joachim,

from angels’ care in the temple’s hall,

interrupted by El’s divine plan …

she recoiled, startled in her pensive mood.

With trust, Miryam took that fearful step

from simple joy as “little girl”:

to the throbbing task of being human,

and pulsing into womanhood.

 

From home with Anna and Joachim,

from angels’ care in the temple’s hall,

interrupted by El’s divine plan …

she recoiled, startled in her pensive mood.

 

Busy at the task of spinning thread,

Gabriel came running, sent to enthrall

a hurting world with Yahweh’s love, a Son …

the long-promised gift of Mighty God.

 

“The angel said to her, ‘Rejoice,

the Lord is with you.’”  In these words, all

time stopped.  “Blessed are you among women!”

“Troubled” she wondered … was this from God?

 

El’s mouth spoke: she had “found favor with God.”

It made no sense.  “You will conceive … shall

call His name Jesus.”  He will be Son

“of the Highest” – of Jesse’s rod.

 

How to fathom? Her son would “reign over

the house of Jacob … forever!”  It will

have no end!  She pondered this design …

like all prophets who heard the call and hid.

 

Trembling, she whispered … “I don’t know a man.”

But her heart “knew.”  “The Holy Spirit will

come upon you … overshadow you.” Then

… thrusting into Shaddai’s love, she nodded.

 

Shema, Israel … Adonai, our God!

Her chair, now the seat of wisdom. The still

in her womb filled: the temple a virgin.

She agreed.  “Let it be done to me.” El’s Word

dwelt in warmth of flesh, divinity kept

in a new ark. Life’s waters which God called

“sea,” earth’s new fruit, and every being
… shine now in the sustaining Light of God.

 

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