Gabriel was nervous
and, though this wasn’t his first foray
into the realm of mortals,
he knelt down to pray;
“Why has the Lord elected
To leave His Eternal Throne?”
For the first time in his long career
Gabriel felt alone.
When Gabriel visited the Maiden
and relayed what she was to do
He used a strong voice, for she couldn’t know
that he was nervous too.
Months passed. His stomach was a twisted knot,
and his celestial feet unstable.
He tried to summon his wings for flight
and found himself unable,
so he walked ‘round the countryside
and re-joined the choir
while they scoured the barren fields
for shepherds to inspire.
But when it was time to sing ‘Glory to God,’
poor Gabe was left tongue-tied.
When he tried to sing the nasty knot
twisted tighter inside.
He mumbled the most important words
and his voice landed off-key.
The angel was so humiliated!
All the world could see!
It was a blessing when the song ended
and the Host took flight,
all Gabriel wanted was to disappear
under the cover of night.
He slunk to the back of the group
and followed them to the Inn
where the scars of old could be forgot
and new life could begin.
When they reached the cradle
of the once-and-future King,
Gabriel regained his voice
and began to sing;
The Eternal Throne remained on high
and needed no defence,
the small Incarnate Child was no cause for offence
and although, inside his stomach,
the nervous knot remained,
Gabriel began to laugh
for he was unafraid.
Thank you for reading. Have a Merry Christmas!