Dec 17: Really?

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Matthew 1:18-25


Joseph, already listening, longs
for the heartbeat of God,
“a just and honorable man,” they called him
practiced in listening to his own heart, to what is right.

But now?
His intended is pregnant, not his child.
What to do?
Listen, listen again for the heartbeat of God. . .

Even in sleep
and dreams—God comes in dreams, he knows
so vivid, so strange.
Don’t be afraid.

Who is this Holy Spirit?
How can this be?
Jesus, Yeshua, Savior.
Don’t be afraid.

The prophet, could it be?
“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son
and they shall name him Emmanuel.”
God with us.

The dream, so vivid.
Yes, she shall be my wife.
We will go forward together
listening to the mystery,
the heartbeat of God.

And the Promised of the dream became flesh and dwelt among us
full of grace and truth
so we can hear anew the heartbeat of God
beating within the world.

Dr. Elizabeth Liebert, SNJM
SFTS Professor of Spiritual Life

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