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A Time To Be Born — Meditations One, Two and Three

Meditation One is based on the first creation in Holy Scripture, Genesis 1:1-2, NIV: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” Just as the earth was formless, so is the child when the sperm fertilizes the egg. And there is encompassing darkness and waters. All along, the Spirit of God is hovering over the waters and the darkness surrounding the child.

Meditation Two is about the childbirth subject mentioned most often in scripture: the pain of childbirth. In Genesis 3:16, the pain of childbirth is introduced. The pain of childbirth then becomes a metaphor for all kinds of woes. The Israelites writhed in agony; trembling seized them; anguish gripped them; the Day of the Lord will come suddenly as a thief in the night — all with pain like a woman in labor. How exactly does Meditation Two bolster the notion that childbirth is a spiritual journey? A fair question that will be answered as you read the book.

The scripture for Meditation Three is found in the prologue of the Gospel of John. It’s an account of the birth of Jesus that’s completely different from the accounts in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. In this mysterious, beautiful passage, John speaks of the Word who was with God and was God, and then simply says: “The Word became flesh…” (John 1:14) John takes birth to a deeper level. It is a vehicle for bringing God to earth every time a child is born. Each child is made in the image of God — not divine as Jesus was — but still a child of God who has become flesh. And the child, at birth, overcomes the darkness.

 

 

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