When they haul you in and hand you over, don’t worry ahead of time about what to answer or say. Instead, say whatever is given to you at that moment, for you aren’t doing the speaking but the Holy Spirit is.
There was very likely lots of pain for your Mom in the hours before you were born. But once you came into the world and your Mom held you, the joy of your presence and her tears of happiness had her forget about all the pain.
Jesus uses this very same image when he talks about the painful times that will come at the end of the world. But he reminds them that this is just the beginning of a new birth into heaven, our everlasting life there making the pain at the end just like the final pain of your Mom before you were born.
If you find that there is some pain going on for you—some spiritual pain of the heart—just stop and see how this pain can be turned into gain!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Suffering all as birth pangs v. 8
For more information about
this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the seventh of thirteen weeks in the season of Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north. Year B.
Fridays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
We read the Gospel of Mark in Year B.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…