What if the child
announced by the angel,
promised to a virgin mother,
to be named by a dutiful father,
surprised everyone on her birthday?
Would Joseph still have named her Jesus?
or some other name
more befitting a girl-child.
What is "God-with-us," in the feminine?
Surely she would have
nursed and cried and toddled, just as a boy-child would.
walked, fallen and walked again, just as a boy-child would.
run and played, though maybe not so loudly, as a boy-child would.
grown in stature and in strength, perhaps even more quickly than a boy-child would.
Would she have gained entrance to the Synagogue for teaching and for learning?
Would she have been mentored and apprenticed in a trade?
Would she have been allowed to forgo marriage to follow her true love calling?
If so, then...
Would she have been baptized by John at the Jordan?
And when she rose out of the water, would the dove descend on her and the voice of heaven say,
"This is my daughter, whom I love; with her I am well pleased."
Would she then travel the countryside teaching and preaching?
Would those who heard then listen to her, accept her, learn from her?
-- not such a threat to authorities, this young woman,
perhaps they consider her words carefully,
acknowledge her wisdom and take up her cause.
Following after her, they--
observing how she treated others,
seeing the love in her eyes
and the smile she gave to each one
the hope each one departed, carrying.
They might follow her in the way true followers do.
Unafraid and unyielding,
listening for the voice she listened to
honoring the God she gave honor to
growing the courage to speak to the Father she spoke to,
As she did, they came to do.
Would they scorn her, dismiss her, or run her out of town?
Daughter of God, we welcome such as these,
wish we all could be such as she.
Would they would imprison her, stone her, or crucify her?
Not a chance.
Who would suspect that God would arrive
in such a meek, lowly female form?
What if Jesus had been born a girl-child?
Anything is possible with God.