Monday, October 6, 2014
“When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, she shall live.” Exodus 1:16 NRSV
As a midwife, it was her job to bring life into the world, not destroy it. So, one can imagine how horrifying it was for a midwife to hear it was her worldly duty to kill boy babies.
It was because of her call from God to cherish every child’s life, that she took her faith and used it to out-wit the king and lift up the people he was trying to destroy. When the children we call “ours” are threatened and put in danger’s way, it is not our first instinct to protect with wit, but rather to protect with force. Let us be reminded of the faith and wit of the midwives when the time comes to cherish and protect all of God’s children.
All Seeing God, we give you thanks for the examples of these wise women. May our first instinct always be to cherish and protect with wisdom, rather than anger and force. Amen.
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)Tyler, Texas