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NOV 27, 2015 - Visual Liturgy

Nativity, Abstract - MARY

Nativity, Abstract

by Kelly Ann Hall 

Towards the ever-darkening Advent season, we want to encourage you to begin to make room for God’s Spirit, to embrace the Light that indwells within us as the called ones and among us as called together ones. Throughout the season, we will be presenting an abstract expression of the Nativity. Our hope is that you hear an invitation from each character as we journey together toward the birth of God-with-us.

To that end,
take this moment 
to breathe deep;
full inhale
and exhale…
May God fill you with Light.


I may be innocent, but I’m not naive. 
I have midwifed births of sons and daughters
          received them, witnessed first breaths, and lasts. 
          I have tied and cut cords, tended mother and child.

You ask that I carry your Love,
but everything I have seen makes me pause.

How can anyone contain such Love, much less survive it? 

To what end shall I bear it?
The image of birthing alone, 
leaves me torn and breathless.
Like west from east the body will give way.
Joy coupled with pain,
          the passing of Life through life
          yet, delivery does not terrify me the most.

It is when he’s placed at my neck 
and I tuck into his sweet breath that I lose myself.
It is the moment I see who we have made,
that true fear and trembling begin
as I will know without doubt
          there is no formidable strategy for Love!

Love will become what it will!

I could delude myself;
imagine I could protect Love, 
amuse Love, 
use Love as a defense,
set rules upon or manipulate Love…
help him onto his feet, 
coach him to step dogmatically—
          but Love will only make a fool of me!

His nature is disarming
His strength, mercy.
His way is Light
His path, liberation!

You will open me up, 
and I will have no choice but to choose it!
And, so… 
I choose it. 
I choose to make room, to carry,
to let Love become of me.

God, gift me the blessing 
to bear and loose Love everlasting. 
Take residence in my womb, my heart, these arms;
stretch my belief, reframe my body, but don’t stop there!
Allow me the blessing of becoming sacred ground, 
of being a conduit of your unnerving grace.

Yes, God, allow me the blessing of your presence within, 
I will make room.

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