Having two births imminent colors, textures and illuminates this Advent season.
I have great respect for the complexity and fragility of human life, and never take a healthy birth for granted. I’ve thought more this year of Mary, awkward with baby, traveling to Bethlehem. There is no way she could find a comfortable position on or off a donkey. Really, how would she even get on a donkey? Her first birth, away from family, in a strange place, questionable hygiene, Joseph at her side. They were not what one would call, in the parlance of medical speak, favorable conditions.
My Oregon daughter-in-law has been in labor through the night. I am waiting to hear an update.
Today is her due date. Tomorrow is my Washington daughter-in-law’s due date. Deep, cleansing breaths!!
I love the Lutheran Book of Prayer with its section “Prayers for Special Occasions in the Family Circle or in the Life of the Individual.” In this section is a prayer Of a Woman with Child.
Thou art Creator and Preserver of life.
Marvelous are Thy works.
I magnify Thy holy name for having blessed me.
In humility I appear before Thee
with petitions for my unborn child and myself.
Thou, O heavenly Counselor and Helper,
knowest our needs.
Keep away from us what might be harmful,
and daily bestow health and strength.
Guide me through Thy Holy Spirit
that I may constantly be mindful of my privilege
and my responsibility as a mother.
At all times let me place my trust in Thee
and Thy fatherly care,
knowing that from generation to generation
Thy mercy is upon those that fear Thee.
Grant that, relying on Jesus,
my dear Redeemer,
and His glorious sacrifice,
I may face the future calmly,
and in quiet happiness.
I ask all this in His name.