Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
Greetings, Beloved!
The Lord is with you.
Do not be afraid; God is delighted with you.

The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Holy One will overshadow you.
You will conceive in your soul:
a new life will spring forth within you,
which is holy, for it is from God.

Your life will not be wholly your own now.
You will be moved—compelled, sometimes—
by the Holy One within you.
You will feel it stretch and kick.
You will feel it grow,
and you will have aches and pains because of it.

Nourish it. Care for yourself,
for what is alive in you is holy.
You are not unique in this:
your sisters and brothers are also great with God,
those who were said to be barren.

In the fulness of time,
bring your holy gift forth into the world.
Do not be afraid; it will be great,
and its light will shine forever
in the sky of God.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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