The Gestation of God Begins: A Poem for the Annunciation


Inside a woman who had never known a man
He, the fount of all knowledge, is made man.
The very Word who made the Virgin’s womb
Silently makes that womb his nine month home.
He who exceeds the distance from east to west
Is encompassed by the body of a teenage girl.
The God whose greatness is beyond all measures
Is so small as to pass through the eye of a needle.
The Lord of lords, King of kings, and God of gods
Becomes the brother, friend, and savior of sinners.

Today being nine months before Christmas, the church celebrates the Annunciation of our Lord, when the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was the chosen mother of God.

We implore you, O Lord, to pour forth your grace on us that, as we have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ by the message of the angel, so by his cross and Passion we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever (Lutheran Worship, 107).


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