Awaiting His Arrival: From Fearful to Unafraid


“Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.
 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”
Luke 1:30, 38


As if until that moment
nothing real
had happened since Creation

As if outside the world were empty
so that she and he were all
there was — he mover, she moved upon

As if her submission were the most
dynamic of all works: as if
no one had ever said Yes like that

As if one day the sun had no place
in all the universe to pour its gold
but her small room
~Luci Shaw “Virgin”


and she
looked up at him, their looks so merged in one
the world outside grew vacant, suddenly,
and all things being seen, endured and done
were crowded into them: just she and he
eye and its pasture, visions and its view,
here at the point and at this point alone:-
see, this arouses fear. Such fear both knew.
~Rainer Maria Rilke from “Annunciation to Mary”

2 thoughts on “Awaiting His Arrival: From Fearful to Unafraid

  1. Again, Luci Shaw’s interpretation of what must have been a breathtaking scene is beautiful — I cannot find the words to describe how it makes me feel — like someone who is peering into time and all of eternity in one sacred moment????


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