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    Dec 24, 2015 11:00:00 AM

    Mary’s Expectation



    I miss my mother –

    standing close to her

    to light the Sabbath candles,

    the smell of her warm challah bread

    mingled with the scents

    of her freshly bathed body next to mine

    as we pray together and joyfully enter the sacred night.


    I never dreamed of delivering my babe away from home –

    away from her

    in a city with its noises even after dark

    so little holy quiet in this place

    squatting in smelly borrowed room

    the kindness of innkeeper’s wife nearby

    brought tears to me beyond the pain of birthing.


    Now with newborn in my arms –

    fresh eyes open and slowly focus on mine

    hold me

    then close in trust and rest

    and for one brief moment

    Love’s nearness undoes me and

    I hear the noisy night whisper “Holy.”


    —Rebecca Letterman, M.Div.‘08

          associate professor of spiritual formation


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