The body is like Mary and each of us has a Jesus inside.
Who is not in labor, holy labor? Every creature is.
See the value of true art when the earth or a soul is in
the mood to create beauty,
for the witness might then for a moment know beyond
any doubt, God is really there within,
so innocently drawing life from us with Her umbilical universe,
though also needing to be born, yes God also needs to be born,
birth from a hand's loving touch, birth from a song breathing
life into this world.
The body is like Mary, and each of us, each of us, has a
You might feel just a little bit more than usual like you are in labor this week, getting ready for the Biggest (or at very least the Second Biggest) week of the year. Hopefully, the worship services you are giving birth to will be born easily and with minimal pain!
As you create/produce/give birth (pick your favorite verb) this week, take a moment to check out RevGal Carol Howard Merritt's Huff Post essay on being a pregnant pastor in advent. She ends it with this hope for all of us: "In this Advent season, may God create something new within us, may God form within us, so that we might sense anticipation and hope as God kicks us, waiting to be born."
As you prepare to for the week ahead, with many extra services of worship for many of us, I invite you to share what moment you are looking forward to the most. Of course, questions or ideas are also welcome in the comments.
This remarkable painting of Mary, Joseph and Jesus found here.