Miriam of Nazareth: Maiden to Mother

Miriam of Nazareth

According to Luke 2:1&7, a census was ordered for Joseph’s royal line, to be taken in Bethlehem.
There, Miriam wrapped the child in a blanket and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them at the village inn.

Matthew 2:1 tells us Bethlehem was in Judea and the birth took place during the reign of King Herod.

Miriam inhales the bovine breaths, moisture’s milk
As sheep blink lustrous eyes and bleat;
Surround the manger’s golden straw
The rustling and the moans converge to heat.

As sheep blink lustrous eyes and bleat:
“His name is Jesus, Master, Holy One, the Promised”
The shepherds, angels, kings, they bow and kiss.

Surround the manger’s golden straw:
Aura of food for animal and men: Bread of Life.
He’s cradled, swaddled, tight by Joseph’s wife.

The rustling and the moans converge to heat
What foreign forces drop in stable’s arms:
The afterbirth a covenant: protect from harm!

Miriam gave birth in a foreign land without family to assist. The maiden birthed in pain and pondered the secrets revealed by Shepherds, angels and Kings.
Later, Simeon would proclaim: (Luke2:35)
This child will be the greatest joy of many.The deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. The new mother pondered.
John foretells:(John 1:13)
Al those who believe, trust and receive him will be reborn from the will of God. Miriam pondered.
Luke 2:19 finishes:
Miriam quietly treasured these things in her heart and often thought about them. Mother to us now, we who believe, place our trust in her.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: January prompt: new start | Violet Nesdoly
  2. vnesdoly
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 16:08:56

    Wonderful, Jeanne! I linked it.


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