In the Christian Tradition - when the mother of Jesus is fully aware of her pregnancy, she sings a song. Her song, recorded in the Gospel of Luke (Chapter 1), celebrates more than just the arrival of Jesus.
Her song reflects the traditions of an older prayer in Scripture, from Hannah in 1 Samuel (Chapter 2).
Both songs celebrate more than the birth of a child.
Each song celebrates the future hoped for reality of newness - and - reversals.
Reversals where the poor and downtrodden are raised up.
In a lovely 21st Century re-writing of the ideas found in these poems, Hillary Watson of Shalom Community Church in Ann Arbor, MI shared a wonderful poem found here.
I'll share snippets of it here:
Let me tell you the Good News:There is Good News.That’s it:goodness, somewhere, rushing toward usin the place where future meets present tense.Hope unwinds across the fragile worldand whispers its nightmares away.
There is a good day coming, I can see it,when the walls built up between countriescrumble back into the earth they rose fromand all the people run free where they want
. . .
And God is a woman, but not the way Ariana Grande thinks.And God is judgmental but not because God is meanbut because God is all goodness sorting itself out from all eviland goodness reaches into every cracked chasm of our livesuntil it overflows with love and love and love and love.
That’s why my smile scares you, isn’t it:because I tell the truthyou never thought you’d see metrade two fistfuls of angerfor two fistfuls of hopepulling it up from the bottom of the ocean like seashells
and don’t you wish you knew what it was to feel this joy?
. . .
But I borrow joy from a futurewhere your breath can’t reach, where your power doesn’t speak,I am in celebration for all our coming healing.Justice is the tsunami I will surfthat gorgeous river setting everything freeand don’t you see?This is just the beginning.
Toward eupan ~
~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.