Saturday, December 03, 2016

shiphrah and puah

But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live.  Exodus 1:17

They had absolutely no power.
No one was going to come to their defense.
No one would be willing to stand at their side.
So, why did Shiphrah and Puah do it; why were they willing to risk their lives (and perhaps the lives of their families and friends); why were they daring to defy the most powerful ruler of their time? 

Why?

Because it is precisely when despair roams our hearts,
   that we need to midwife hope;
it is precisely when the bullies stand over little children,
   that we need to midwife courage;
it is precisely when the power hungry gain control,
   that we need to midwife weakness;
it is precisely when the arrogant tell us only they can save us,
   that we need to midwife trust in God;
it is precisely in this moment as in every moment,
in our communities as in every place,
   that we must midwife the spirit of Shiphrah and Puah
   so grace, peace, life continue to be birthed
   when we most need them.

Prayer:  You call us to be midwives, Mothering God, not because we are strong and courageous, but because you can use our vulnerability and hope if we but trust in you in every moment, in every place.  Amen.

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman

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