A Mother's Heart

"Mary said, 'Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to Your word.'" 1
"And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Father's only Son, full of grace and truth." 2

"But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart."3

"Jesus answered him, 'If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.'" 4

Heaven in a Mother's Heart

With loving consent, a mother of clay
Receives His Word deep in her heart's womb.
A child of light conceived in this way
Is nurtured to life by her Bridegroom.

The pitter-patter of her new heartbeat
Quickens her mother's heart to sow love.
The gentle tap of her tiny new feet
Nudges her mother to look above.

Her mother is struggling to find a cure
For the nauseous taste of earth's rich food.
She chooses a diet simple and pure:
She nurtures His Word in solitude.

Mother and child: together made whole;
One in New Life infused from above.
Heaven on earth in her heart joined to soul;
The Word made flesh in faith, hope, and love.

(c) Paul Buis, 2000

1. Luke 1:38
2. John 1:14
3. Luke 2:19
4. John 14:23

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