who says we have to be glad, just because mary is?

back in the prison tomorrow – advent 3, looking at the Magnificat… i’ll be using a truncated version of this:

We know you will understand, God,
if we don’t have the faith that Mary had
– not quite yet, anyway.
We’d be willing to believe that love is waiting, just around the corner,
to be born into our world
and that when it is we’ll see the hungry fed, and the humble lifted high
but it would really help to have some angels come visit who would talk us into it.

So all we can commit to, today,
is to prepare the place for you to be born
even if it doesn’t seem likely.

Because while we are a little sceptical about Christmas
we’d really love to be convinced.