Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fear Not

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:26-38

Fear Not

I am kneeling from the blows
heart pounding tears streaming
hands covering my head waiting
for the storm to pass the light to shine
all I have done was for you for love.

Faithful and honest my reputation ruined
newly a woman, newly a bride, totally responsible
totally alone.

Send your angels to watch and care
the burden within me too great
the dangers too real, the sky full of clouds
I brace for impact and bury my head.

Faithful honest, totally responsible
totally alone feet bare water rising
I cling to the ring of hope you threw to me.

As the swelling became visible
new life within me growing and moving
halted steps and slow progress running
from the only home I've known to find
sanctuary with the old ones.

Faithful honest, totally responsible
totally alone I climb the Galilean hills
fear and anxiety rising like a tidal wave.

My heart is beating and yours within me
love shattering the glass barricades I built
I am to be a mother, I must carry God
the world needs my service, trembling weeping
I am not ready for this role.

Faithful honest, totally responsible
totally alone but no longer for two hearts beat
together for love of the world.

Yearning for release fearing a life of scorn
angels and archangels teach me lullabies
the ancients surround me with wisdom
and promise to guide me through.

I am the Christ bearer, mother to a new order
carrying the weight of the world God incarnate
my life will be full of pain and rejection
dark clouds and gossip where ever I go
and yet I will not fear for my child
is love made real for the healing of us all.

The faithful, the honest, the neglected and abused
bear the offspring of hope and love
never alone, neglected or despised, God with us
Emmanuel, the light of the world
the greatest gift from the heart of God.

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