Denise Levertov is one of my favorite poets. I hesitate to put any more words around my thoughts, because they pale in comparison to her craft.
Moments of Joy is a perfect example of her work, bursting with Advent themes: searching for and discovering God in surprising places.
And the old scholar, the father,
is deeply glad to be found.
That’s how it is, Lord, sometimes:
You seek, and I find.
And for a mothering spirit, its images of the intimacy between father and child are beautifully evocative.
We focus much attention, liturgically and culturally, on mother-and-child during this season. But what of Joseph, the supportive spouse, the dream-believer, the husband-turned-midwife, the adoptive father? What of his expectancy, his searching for God, his seeking answers to impossible questions?
Joseph was surely “Abba,” too. What moments of joy – and fear, and confusion, and frustration – he must have known as father to such a surprising son.