One chapter of my book is devoted to the imagery of Holy Mother Church in the Old Testament, which is quite evident in many places. My thesis maintains that if the bride is the paradigm for all women, then there had to be bridal images from the foundations of the world.
Just as the Eternal Word took flesh at a certain point in history and yet was forshadowed earlier, the bride (certainly not eternal, but a creation) who took flesh from His pierced side at a point in time -- was forshadowed in many ways: wisdom literature, daughter Zion, holy mother Jerusalem, to whom the tribes go up, etc.
Thus I was delighted to learn something about the Burning Bush which Moses saw before he was called to lead the Jews out of slavery in Egypt.
The theme of Our Lady depicted as the burning bush was also seen in one of the icons from the Sinai exhibit and is one of her ancient titles. She is the holy ground where God, the "I Am Who Am", is present. She is this burning place of God's visit that doesn't consume her.
Our Lady, when asked by St. Bernadette, gave her name as: "I am the Immaculate Conception." She is who God made her, wholly consecrated to him from the beginning to bring Christ to the world.
Who would trade the opportunity to live as a bridal icon? It's important to spread this message of dignity and honour to those women who chase baubles and illusions. Here is our joy!