The scripture for Meditation Ten is the birth of Samson, Judges 13:3-13 (NIV). Given the way Samson’s birth was announced, not to mention God’s plans for him, Samson was born with great expectations. But children don’t always turn out like parents expect or like God expects. Raising a child is the most important job a person has — and probably the most difficult. Even if parents try to be faithful stewards in raising a child, they won’t do it perfectly. Their effort may seem to fall short. In spite of Samson’s misguided life, he somehow gained entry into the so-called “Faith Hall of Fame” in Hebrews 11. How can that be? Yep, you’ll have to read the book.
Meditation Eleven is titled “The Psalms,” Holy Scripture’s book of meditations. In Meditation Eleven, there are numerous verses and passages of scripture from Psalms that can be used in the childbirth journey. They are listed as a means of supporting each previous meditation, or they can be used as separate meditations. The Psalms deal with life, from beginning to end. They offer praise and thanksgiving. They cry out in pain. They express fear. They shout for joy. In every Psalm, though, there is God. He is full of action, strength, and love. He is God of creation, darkness, water, silence, and trust. He is God of pregnancy and childbirth.
Meditation Twelve is founded on Luke 2:40, which says that Jesus “grew and became strong…was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.” This mediation is written for the child still in the womb. It describes what the future may hold. It suggests how the child will interact with parents — and grandparents. It offers advice about life’s twists and turns. It thanks the child for blessings already received by family members.