It is beginning

I came home from work today to find a package from Amazon.  Ahhh – an early Christmas present.  My copy of  The Real Mary by Scot McKnight had arrived.  That and then finding a poem on Maggi Dawn’s site has begun to put me in a mood for celebrating this season. 

          mary’s song        by Luci Shaw

Blue homespun and the bend of my breast
keep warm this small hot naked star
fallen to my arms. (Rest …
you who have had so far to come.)
Now nearness satisfies
the body of God sweetly. Quiet he lies
whose vigor hurled a universe. He sleeps
whose eyelids have not closed before.
His breath (so slight it seems
no breath at all) once ruffled the dark deeps
to sprout a world. Charmed by doves’ voices,
the whisper of straw, he dreams,
hearing no music from his other spheres.
Breath, mouth, ears, eyes
he is curtailed who overflowed all skies,
all years. Older than eternity, now he
is new. Now native to earth as I am, nailed
to my poor planet, caught
that I might be free, blind in my womb
to know my darkness ended,
brought to this birth for me to be new-born,
and for him to see me mended
I must see him torn.

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  1. Excellent! Are you planning on reading it soon? That’s one of the books I want to buy with a birthday gift certificate. If you do read it soon, let me know how it is.

  2. Cool. I have to / get to do some preaching on the Magnificat this coming weekend. I was thinking about picking McKnight’s book up. I heard it has a fantastic section on that. That man is fantastic. The new standard in NT stuff, as far as I’m concerned. If I bump into you over Christmas, as we’ll be in PA, we’ll have to swap thoughts on the work.

  3. Beautiful poem. The line “older than eternity” reminds me of what we have been meditating on this past week here… that the baby in the manger, according to Isaiah, was the “father of eternity.”