Gabriel said, “You will conceive in your womb
and bear a son…and he will be great…”
Already the Word is spoken
deep in your soul.
Already the light dawns within you,
light of heaven, vast and outflowing,
the Loving One loving in you,
God, growing in you,
holy, earthly, miraculously plain.
Let it be.
Mary said to the angel, “How can this be? I am only a girl!”
The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you”
It is yours, but not you.
It is within you, but from beyond.
This light is not yours to deny.
This blossoming is not yours to resist.
Let the Spirit come upon you,
the power of the Most High overshadow you.
Be still, and let it be.
You don’t have to understand.
Just say yes.
—December 18, 2017