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A Time To Be Born — Meditations Seven, Eight And Nine

Meditation Seven is based on Luke 1:68-79 (NIV) which contains Zechariah’s song after the birth of John the Baptist. Zechariah sang this song when he was finally able to speak after being struck mute because Z expressed doubt when the angel Gabriel told him that he and Elizabeth were going to have a child in their old age. This meditation deals with the role fathers can play during the childbirth journey when they are usually on the sidelines. Though fathers don’t have to be silent for nine months, making silence a regular part of the journey can be invaluable.

Mary’s song in Luke 1:46-55 forms the foundation for Meditation Eight. Mary sang this song (often called the Magnificat) after the angel Gabriel appeared to her with the news that she was to be the mother of Jesus. There is an interesting contrast between Mary’s reaction to Gabriel and that of Zechariah (as discussed in Meditation Seven). Something sung by the mother of Jesus before Jesus was born should be given close consideration by anyone carrying a baby within her. Mary’s song should be chanted or sung to the baby while still in the womb.

Meditation Nine looks at one of the most moving childhood declarations in all of scripture: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” (Jeremiah 1:5) This is a magnificent pronouncement of God’s relationship to the childbirth journey. God knows a child from the beginning. When we speak of childbirth as a miracle, we should remember this verse. Jeremiah also provides another passage of scripture that mothers and fathers should adapt for use while the child is still in the womb, Jeremiah 1:17-19. “Get ready. God has plans for you. He will make you strong. He will always be with you.”

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