Keeping Advent (2B Friday) - The other annunciation
The angel said to [Mary], “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. (Luke 1:35)
The other annunciation
What if there was another girl
To whom the angel did not come,
One who said, every day, "I am ready."
She woke, she dressed, she went to the well
to draw water.
Still no flutter of wings
No gifts delivered in the dark.
No sudden lights.
Just ordinary grit and labor.
She knew the stories - Samuel, Miriam.
The power of, "Here I am."
She wiped sleep from her eyes.
Readied the day. Waited.
-in "The Christian Century", August 3, 2016