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Spiritual Awe of Childbirth

My book, A Time To Be Born: Meditations on the Birth of a Child, will be out during the third week in October. I still think about the scripture that serves as the foundation for each meditation.

The basis for one of the meditations is found in Psalm 139:13: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” That verse captures the spiritual awe of childbirth as well as or better than anything I’ve ever  read.

The next few verses in Psalm 139 add to the awe and speak to the future of a newborn: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God!” (Psalm 139:14-17)

“Woven together in the depths of the earth.” Perhaps a reminder of one of the creation accounts in Genesis 2:7? “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life…” God’s breath into every new person — into every new baby.

“All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Perhaps a connection with one of the books that were opened in Revelation 20? I’d like to think there is a book where God writes about the birth of every child and His intentions and hopes for every child’s life.



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