At that time the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace: the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of David His father; and He shall reign in the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end. And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man? And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren; because nothing shall be impossible with God. And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word.
I woke up thinking — I need to do a post on forgiveness and invite everyone to join me in releasing those old grudges which like old wounds continue to poke us in the eye, or give us a belly ache when we least expect it. But….When I discovered to my delight that it was the Feast Day of the Annunciation my heart began to soften and turn towards what is being “annunciated” means to us right now, today.
Sometimes my e-mail in box is like a trove of little prophesies. (Other times, I cannot believe we have come to this kind of communication when I just want to meet you at the cafe for croissants and lattes) But today, I received the announcement of the Annunciation, prayers and honor for our beloved Elizabeth Taylor, a call to fast and pray for Congress and their decisions in April (Sojourners has asked us to fast on Monday’s in April from lunch) because the budget cuts will hurt the poorest people, and finally a note that Eve Ensler is in the Congo and has set up a City of Joy to raise up women leaders to fight the rape and sexual violence. What does this have to do with annunciating? I haven’t figured it out yet…I am just following the little stones to the treasure trove so give me just a minute…be right back…
(I’m back, ok here we go.)
The Angel spoke to Mary and Mary spoke to the Angel. Elizabeth Taylor is speaking with God and we are speaking praises to her. Prayer folks are speaking to God about Congress. Eve is speaking to women in the Congo. These women in the Congo are speaking their truths and speaking to government and oppressors. These are all annunciations that have wonder, impossibility, magic, faith, hope, and unreasonable action. So my question is this…
What do you YOU WANT to ANNUNCIATE on this HOLY WHOLE DAY? Regardless of what is wrong or right, and I got plenty today, I call it a HOLY and WHOLE day. Annunciate is a verb that means to announce.
Will you join me today in announcing something important to you? Whether it is a twitter or a fb or a prayer to God or a blogpost – or like me, all four, what TODAY do you want to announce to the world. What truth? What idea? What hidden secret? If you want to — you can put your announcement RIGHT HERE and comment below. When we proclaim and make known our truths and wants and needs it helps us bring it closer to us, and also just plain feel better to speak it, and releases it to the universe. Sometimes we are shy and don’t even feel worthy of being heard. And sometimes, we *gulp* are afraid we aren’t ready to announce something because we are afeared we won’t be able to follow up. So today, I propose, let’s leave the “HOW” of how our annunciation happens, and just leave that to GOD/Creator/Divine/Great Spirit/Elohim/Yehushua/shall we?? And let’s just annunciate what needs to be said from our hearts. You will see my Annunciation below in comments.
And for the record, when I say GOD I mean the Holy Family, Elohim, Ma and Pa Divine. BUT today, this precious day…I want to annunciate something to Mama Mary.
I love you
thank you for walking by my side
for holding my heart in your hands
for rocking me to sleep
for not giving up on me
even when I lost my faith,
not in you or God, but
in life itself.
Thank you for all the good work
being done in the world
side by side with suffering.
Thank you for blessing my brush,
and my pen.
Thank you for being my Mama.
Help me to remember that nothing
is impossible with God.
p.s. Now I have to go finish a painting that is DUE today – finishing touches, lip gloss, eye lashes, swirls and glitter…will show ya later this week.
p.p.s. if you look real close at my painting above you can see Mary is holding a Red Thread!