[After reading Luke 2 and especially pondering verses 34 and 35 (EHV): Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Listen carefully, this child is appointed for the falling and rising of many in Israel and for a sign that is spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” *]
Mary, you thought you knew your Child
He, introduced to you, the Virgin girl
By the Lord's angel as Mercy Mild's **
Suffering Messiah to an unwelcoming world
When Jesus grew, you grasped to compile
Wonderful wisdom, though it hurt growing sure
That things said about Him would fit the profile
Spoken that day through Simeon's words
Mary knew her own suffering as she knew her Child
More like His Father as He traversed desert and shore
More like the mission of the Immerser in the wilds ***
As less of herself, as the Lord's mother, emerged ****
Glory to God in Heavens above
On earth, peace to all found in His love
* Also, consider Hebrews 4:12 (EHV): For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates even to the point of dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, even being able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart.
** "Mercy Mild", from the lyrics of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" ~ https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/hillsonglive/harktheheraldangelssing528106.html
*** "Immerser", i.e., John the Baptist (John 1)
**** John 3:30 (EHV): He must increase, but I must decrease. This directly refers to John the Baptist, but the mperative here is applicable to all followers of Messiah Jesus.
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