I have been so deeply touched by these words from Rumi...
"The Body Is Like Mary"
The body is like Mary and each of us has a Jesus inside.
Who is not in labor, holy labor? Every creature is.
See the value of true art when the earth or a soul is in
The mood to create beauty,
For the witness might then for a moment know beyond
Any doubt, God is really there within,
So innocently drawing life from us with Her umbilical universe,
Though also needing to be born, yes God also needs to be born,
Birth from a hand's loving touch,
Birth from a song breathing life into this world.
The body is like Mary, and each of us, each of us, has a Christ within.
poem by Rumi, translated by Daniel Ladinsky
"mary in the meadow" image © Heather Rhodes at Studio Petronella