Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.@Luke 2:19
Carolyn W. Gillette (1961–)

Carolyn W. Gillette, 2011.

Tallis’ Canon Thomas Tallis, in The Whole Psalter Translated into English Metre, by Matthew Parker, 1560 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Thomas Tallis (1505–1585)

When Mary hugged her newborn son,
She pondered all that God had done.
Could she know all her child would be—
The life he’d bring humanity?

When shepherds heard the angel’s joy,
They went to find that baby boy.
Could they see there in Bethlehem
A friend to outcasts just like them?

When wise men came with gifts to share,
They saw young Jesus playing there.
Could they behold in one so small
God’s gift most precious of them all?

God, make us faithful, humble, wise
To know that Jesus changes lives.
May we be open to the way
That he would change our lives this day.