Boundless Joy

A Christmas poem from the Marian Library
by Virginia M. Kimball, S.T.D. | Source:
Joy grows like life in the womb ...

So the Bethlehem baby came one starry night
bathed strangely with angelic light
born in a cave much like a tomb
to a scared young mother using all her might.

It was Mary's flight to the hill country home to confirm Yahweh's call with her cousin dear.

Now on this night so cold and clear,
she pondered the words of Hannah before,
words treasured to explain why she bore
(if only Anna were alive to see,
a mother touched too with mystery.)

Hugging her cousin for comfort and love
then was Mary so gripped in fear,
Elizabeth too then touched with awe
spoke of joy and how it comes from Above.

Throbbing pain of woman's work so near
they spoke of new and emerging life
-- promised and now to fulfill
Creation's renewal as God's kind will.

Woman's heart proclaimed like Miriam's joy,
seeing beauty that God can employ.
So Luke wrote how Mary sang forth:
"My heart proclaims the vast love of God,
my spirit is living and growing with joy,
... Behold, from now on all ages will know

the Presence is here-- Emmanuel!"

Virginia M. Kimball, Christmas 2006

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