The Angel's Message: Twelve Poems & A Story for Christmas
When she realizes that she is pregnant, her world comes crashing down on her, for she knows that she is about to lose everything: Joseph and her “good name” in her family and village. But then, she grasps the enormity of her choice--her son would be the answer to the Roman occupation that had martyred her brothers and widowed her sisters, and her heart answers before the words can come out of her mouth.
Mary has found the passion to guide her life, which is one meaning of the “Virgin Birth”—the beginning of a spiritual life. She will give birth to a liberator of her people, and her life has now opened up to new possibilities because she has accepted the role of mother of the Messiah.
The Angel’s Message
This was the last thing she’d expected
to hear, for she had seen her own mother
birthed into old age by so many children
and a silent rage shuddered through her body.
Then the fear, would Joseph, her betrothed,
abandon her to the gossip of loose tongues
in the village that would one day, surely rise,
and tear her out of the story of her family, her people?
Was this shame worth the surrender of her pride?
But when the angel said he would be called
“Prince of Peace,” and she heard outside her window
Roman soldiers nailing another cross to the sky,
before she could say the words, her heart stuttered
her reply for all her sisters who had wept for their sons,
their brothers, who had died too soon, and bowed
her head to the new life that filled her body with joy.
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