Thursday, August 28, 2008

Theology of Pregnancy

Lace and I are expecting. The date we are due, April 11, looms like Christmas to kid. This is our first. I remember hearing a excellent presentation of bring in the Cross into your marriage. More on that later. What made me think is how do we bring in theology into our time of pregnancy? How does the Life, Cross and Resurrection of Jesus shade this important time for my wife and me? I know the Bible views babies as a blessing and they are. I keep think of the incarnation that Jesus came first in the form of a baby, and also went through the process of pregnancy. Jesus chose to enter the world through this process, and then the questions of vulnerability pop up for me. Jesus trusted Mary and Joseph even though the times were uncertain. The world was in upheaval, politically, economically and internationally, much like today. Our baby to come fills us with joy, possibility, fear and love. I end with a poem I wrote for Easter last year.

For the Times They Are a Changing

In the seventh year of the presidency of George W Bush,
as Nancy Pelosi was preparing to take over
the Chairmanship of the House of Representatives,
and the war in Iraq was in its fifth year,
When Vladimir Putin ruled in Russia, during the reign
of Pope Benedict XVI and Franklin Graham was leading
his father’s ministry, the word of the Lord
spoken by John son of Zechariah came back to us
in our wilderness. He spoke from scripture
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness
of sins, as we have read before:

"A voice of one calling in the desert,
'Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.
Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
the rough ways smooth.
And all mankind will see God's salvation.' "

We indeed have seen this salvation,
and we are at the crossroads.

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