Sunday, December 11, 2011

waiting and joy :: mary

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i spent this morning thinking about Mary.

this innocent girl has been on my mind so much these days as we count down the seconds, the minutes, the hours until Christmas.

because our anticipation lasts from the final dish on Thanksgiving Day until the twenty-fifth wooden figure is hung on the Advent calender.

but hers was for nine long months. 

do we forget that sometimes, that this was not a humble woman with eye aglow with pregnant anticipation with friends pressing eager fingers to a swollen belly, anxious to feel a kick?

this was a frightened child with big doe eyes and a secret told to her by an angel -- one that she could only hide for so long before the world would know and come running with big, sharp stones and cries of "whore."

this was her culture, her people. she had a strong man who loved her and sought her for his bride, but this baby was not his, and he would know, and then they would know.
but oh 
there was joy. 

this young woman of wisdom and grace, this little one with the heart of a Messiah beating inside, wrapped her arms around the place where the Sovereign One grew fingers and toes and eyelashes and a tiny smile, and cried

my soul doth magnify the Lord. 
my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour. 

she baffles me. standing in the shadow of so much uncertainty, she praised. she turned her face to the skies and sang of her joy. because she KNEW.

she knew her soul was wrapped tight with the Hand of the Master. the protector of the innocent, the Father to this Son.

and so she waited in the silence. hand on her stomach to feel the kick of the One who would save her soul from Death

:: and clung to unceasing joy ::


  1. Very beautifully written. Mary has always and is still will be my favorite people from the Bible, next to Jesus and God.

  2. This is beautiful. Truly it is. We so often forget that Mary was not a perfect woman with no worries. Thanks for the reminder.


  3. Beautiful post! Mary is such a wonderful example of faith and selflessness.

  4. This gives me much to ponder. Beautiful.

  5. Wow. This is such an amazing post. You've captured some of my thoughts beautifully!

    Mary has always been one of my heroines and role models. She was so amazing.

    Love this post!!

  6. Oh wow. I love Mary's story. Her whole life...was amazing.
    Thank you for sharing this.

  7. Mary's faith and courage are inspiring! She demonstrates how we all should be - fully submitted to God.

    Thanks for linking up for Sharing His Beauty!

    Blessings, Joan


I look at you and see all the ways a soul can bruise, and I wish I could sink my hands into your flesh and light lanterns along your spine so you know there's nothing but light when I see you. :: Shinji Moon