With All My Heart

With All My Heart

© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved
Luke 1:46-54

Mary said,
“With all my heart I praise the Lord…”
And I wonder
what divine and sacred
birthings I would have
if I did likewise?
I sometimes try and imagine,
mostly in Advent,
when my mind is called to it,
what this world would be like
if we all spent more
time praising
with all our hearts.
I know that you are going
to call me out here and tell me
that I am not being realistic,
that I am being whimsical
with my imaginings
and that I would be better off if I
focused upon the reality
of the world around me.
But I will counter
by shouting out
that this is what Advent
is all about:
the capricious nature of God!
I mean,
we are all forgiven,
How freakishly impulsive is that?
I will be silly
lest I become proud and scattered.
I will eschew power and strength
lest I be overwhelmed by the weak.
I will hold onto my hunger
for I will not miss out
on the delicacies.
I will squander my laughter
in a feckless
attempt to bankrupt
the coffers of God’s
generous humor.


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