What can I say about how I felt?
I would not call it a surprise:
I was stunned.
My life would never be the same
for God, my God, had chosen me.
Why, I will never know.
Nothing in my past
could have prepared me for this revelation
and yet I must believe it.
Let my happiness banish my fear.
I am not on this journey alone.
The future is uncertain–
what will I become,
mother of a miraculous child
destined to change the world?
I only know that
in this holy mystery lies the answer:
I will go onward in the care
of him who will make everything right,
protected by the very child I carry.
for the carol service at St John's, West Ealing in 2017.
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