Nazareth

No film director’s dream, this Galilean town:
an ordinary place.

Do you think I put it down?
Why, no!
It is to ordinary men he came,
to share their ordinary lives,
that they might be his kith.

A Hebrew girl His herald knew.
A girl?  No more than fifteen, it would seem.
What herald?
An angel bright?  A shaft of light?  A simple certainty?
We do not know.

But humility and trust are clear,
even in her question,
“How can this be?  I know not man.”

An ordinary town is Nazareth,
with ordinary men who could not hear a Prophet’s Words.
Yet extraordinary for every age,
for here He came to live and love,
for ordinary sakes.

David Andrews-Brown is an English freelance writer and broadcaster with extensive media experience in The Netherlands, South Africa, and Israel. At the end of 2011 he returned to France following 18 months in Jerusalem as a video journalist, narrator and translator with the Franciscan Media Center (now the Christian Media Center).