In the spirit of Advent that begins this Sunday...
From Within Lord
For nine months Mary carried within her womb
the promise of God proclaimed.
Realized by the gentle kicks from within;
The gentle movement of life.
Nine months she waited for the day
– of sacrifice
– patience and love
– Nine months of waiting for the day of her baby’s arrival.
And now she began to feel sharp pains,
knowing that soon her son would be born
– The pains that would spring forth new life…
In this Son, she thought with intensified wonder
– what things will I teach him?
She looked into Joseph’s eye,
the eyes that had been opened by God
and saw deep within her
The eyes that had known Mary’s fear and joy for nine months
and saw her in love and care
Like the morning sun upon the damp grass
relieved Mary of all fright, all fear.
Mary in her contemplation
to the time when she would embrace
“The Son of God the very essence of His love for me.”
And tiny little fingers that would cling to her
breasts in hunger
Tiny lips drawing milk in,
innocent face looking into hers
With trust, learning with each breath.
She felt him come – captured in a moment of release
– No longer one, but now, two.
Arms holding the infant close,
are bathed in the moonlight.
“Will this child learn to sing the birds to sleep
and dance with his heart as mine?”
And thus a child is born,
While Joseph waited
– waited in warm anticipation
– waited for the awakening of a new beginning.
Stay in God's grip!
"Please plan to join me each day throughout the season of Advent beginning this Sunday as we journey towards the star in Bethlehem and celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ." ~ Todd
Rev. G. Todd Williams is the author of the book, "Remember Me When..." and is a former hospice chaplain and pastor.