A time for birth
In these days, as we think of the time for Mary to give birth drawing very close, as we imagine that discomfort and excitement, we pause to think about new life coming into the world. There is always a change with a birth. Parents, wider family, and communities change from the time before it to the time after it. All new life makes a mark that cannot be erased. The life that Mary carried within her changed history, and can profoundly touch our lives.
In these days, the whole of creation cries out for new life, for change that will save it from our destructive ways. In these days we see poverty, division, violence, carelessness with truth, everywhere we turn. We might ask what can heal broken lives, broken hearts, and broken morality.
We also see love, kindness, compassion and work to heal and mend, love already let loose among us.
If we pray, we might pray for change in dark places, for hope to be born among those at present without hope, for truth to shine out and be cherished.
We might pray for all who wait to bring new life into the world; for wisdom and strength for new parents. We might pray for those who have the unbearable grief of losing children. We might pray too for those who have never been able to have longed for children.
What has come into being in him was life and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
John 1: 3b-5
May the hand of God rest upon us
as we wait for the birth of new life.
May Jesus, born of Mary,
lead us from darkness into light
And may the Spirit bless us
with patience and courage
for the living of our days.