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ADVENT POEM/REFLECTION - Mary; Cursed and... Blessed among Women

Modern-mary

In a Fitzroy Soul Space meditative service, one Advent evening, Janet Morris allowed us time to listen to the words of Luke 1 where an angel appears to tell Mary that she is to be pregnant with God’s Son and where then she visits her cousin Elizabeth also miraculously with child. In the intentionality of my listening, as I allowed the words of angel, teenage mother to be and her cousin to loop round in my head, heart and soul I found myself unsettled on the fault line
between earth’s expectations and the strange and mysterious ways of heaven. Mary lived the rest of her life being misunderstood.  The neighbourhood’s most loved girl becomes the biggest scandal and disappointment. Pregnancy outside marriage is not the respectable way but in adding to a million mysteries that is the way God chose. Mary took the rumour and gossip and burdened the defamation of her
character; in the name of God and for our salvation. Elizabeth’s words jump out, transcending the human cost to Mary with her heavenly accolade; “Blessed are you among women.”

CURSED (BLESSED AMONG WOMEN)

Cursed for the life that’s befallen you

Mary, Blessed among women

Cursed for what neighbours are calling you

Mary, Blessed among women

Cursed that no one will believes in you

Mary, Blessed among women

Cursed that the holy men grieve for you

Mary, Blessed among women.

 

Blessed for giving back to God

All that God had given you

Blessed that you no matter what

Did all that he asked you to

Blessed by ending up in doing

What you were born to do

Blessed for giving back to God

All that God had given you

 

Cursed by what your future serves

Mary, Blessed among women

Cursed for always living on nerves

Mary, Blessed among women

Cursed that you would suffer loss

Mary, Blessed among women

Cursed by the shadow of that cross

Mary, Blessed among women.

 

Blessed for giving back to God

All that God had given you

Blessed that you no matter what

Did all that he asked you to

Blessed by ending up doing

What you were born to do

Blessed for giving back to God

All that God had given you.

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