God as MidwifeNew Every Morning | January 18, 2023
If we are open to the idea that God really is more about midwifery than rescuing, then another helpful question is what. What do you want to form and shape in me, God? What do you want me to let go of? To surrender? What part of me needs awakened? What part of my false self needs to be shed so my wise adult self can be more present? What in me do you want to heal? What in me do you want to birth?
—Beth Taulman Miller, What Loss Can Teach Us: A Sacred Pathway to Growth and Healing (Upper Room Books, 2021)
Reflect on some of the questions in today’s quote. Join the conversation.
Will I open the womb and not bring to birth? says the LORD.
Will I, who create life, close the womb? says your God.
—Isaiah 66:9 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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These questions are worth taking time with, at the foot of His throne. What in me do You want to heal?
As I read these questions and other things – so many thoughts go to my friend and her marriage ending. God does not condone divorce and I have had to tread very carefully. I pray so often for wisdom and the right words. I feel like I did with mom…I want to speak truth, and yet I want to maintain relationship/be supportive. Father, forgive me, where I fail You.
A deep, long restful night’s sleep last night has me feeling much better today. I have small group via zoom this evening. Doesn’t begin until 7:30. Feel alert now – hope it lasts.
My sister’s rotator cuff repair surgery today went well – Don texted me. I am waiting a bit to call and check on her.
Prayers for those who gather here, there needs mentioned and left unsaid. Father, watch over each one.