* Note to My Readers: Due to the busyness of the next month and a half, I'm making a few minor changes to my schedule of posting. All posts will continue to be made daily and will consist of material that has not appeared before on this blog. However, because my time will be taken up by my final thesis defense for my Master of Church History degree and by a trip to the Holy Land, several of my ongoing series will be on hold until May.

- On Wednesdays, I'll be posting some of my original poems from my college years, and then in May my "Evangeliad" poems will resume.

- On Thursdays, my series on "How to Be Miserable in Your Christian Life" will wrap up by the end of March. That will conclude that series for now; however, if you enjoyed it, please let me know, because I may add more to it at some later point.

- And on Fridays, my "Glimpses of Grace" series will be on hiatus until May. In the meantime, it will be replaced with a serialized, unpublished novella that I wrote back in 2005, "Worth It All." Beginning in the first week of May, "Glimpses of Grace" will return, this time in the Thursday slot, and a newly-composed adventure novel will be posted on Fridays.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The Evangeliad (1:29-34)

Section 1:29-34 (corresponding to Luke 1:28-33)

Thus came the angel Gabriel to her,
And there she heard the unimagined word:
“The Lord greets thee, thou richly favored one,
Beloved Mother of the endless Son!

The Lord himself is with you, strong to save,
And He has made you blessed in all your ways!”
But Mary, troubled at these shocking words,
Wondered at the mysteries they inferred.

“Fear not,” said the angel, with greatest joy,
“You shall conceive, and have a baby boy!
You then will give him ‘Jesus’ as his name,
For this is he who comes to love and save.

Yes, great shall he be, and glorious too;
The Son of God Most High is born to you!
The Lord your God will give him David’s throne,
And he shall reign o’er all the world alone.

Yes, Jacob’s house to him their knees shall bend,
And of his kingdom there will be no end!”
Then Mary spoke, and in her humble grace,
Inquired as to how this would take place.

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