If she had known the outcome of submission
and acted on that knowledge and withdrawn
consent, what would have happened to that dawn
of glory and to Gabriel’s commission?
Was all contingent on the angel’s mission?
Was there a chance no saviour would be born
and humankind left hopeless and forlorn,
in unredeemed and separate condition?
But she did not reject the proffered gift:
she grasped the long-prepared belief
and by her acquiescence made a shift
from condemnation to our sin’s relief;
a move, a step, a stride towards the light
with happy prospect of a holy night.