If more women were pastors or preachers, we’d have a lot more sermons and books about the metaphors of birth and pregnancy connecting us to the story of God. (I am rather tired of sports and war metaphors.)

The divinity of God is on display at Christmas in beautiful creche scenes. We sing songs of babies who don’t cry. We mistake quiet for peace. A properly antiseptic and church-y view of birth, arranged as high art to convey the seriousness and sacredness of the incarnation.  It is as though the truth of birth is too secular for Emmanuel, it doesn’t look too holy in its real state. So the first days of the God-with-us requires the dignity afforded by our editing.

 But this? This creating out of passion and love, the carrying, the seemingly-never-ending-waiting, the knitting-together-of-wonder-in-secret-places,  the pain, the labour, the blurred line between joy and “someone please make it stop,” the “I can’t do it” even while you’re in the doing of it, the delivery of new life in blood and hope and humanity?

This is the stuff of God.

Read the rest over at Deeper Story by clicking here.

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  • Oh this just gave me chills. It kills me that our society just snuffs out the beauty of the labor experience with an epidural. I see photos of my friends doing their make-up while in labor, mindlessly passing the time as contractions come and go without their knowledge. Labor is the stuff of God. Nursing is the stuff of God. 2am diaper changes are the stuff of God. Somehow, even in the Christian community this is lost to convenience. 

    • Carolyn Gingerich

      Well put…somehow it just wouldn’t be the same without the pain of it.  (Although, I can’t really point fingers since my 3 labours were very short, but intense!)

    • I know how you feel.

  • Gorgeous. This is absolutely exquisite. 

  • Joy Geaslen

    Thank you for your post!  It made me cry.  Thank you for sharing your reflections on Jesus’ birth.  I am a very new mommy (my baby Zoe is 5 months old today) and it is amazing to think that God came to earth as a baby!  Birthing Zoe was much harder than I thought it would be, yet I continue to feel more and more grateful.  🙂

  • Janae Maslowski

    Sarah, I posted a comment yesterday at A Deeper Story, but I can’t stop thinking about what you wrote and THAT PICTURE.  I just want to send everyone over to look at it, to feel it.  I can’t stop feeling it.  I think there must be some parts of me stuck inside, no voice, but they are feeling that, they are crying out in recognition when they see her in that photograph.  I really needed to see that picture.  Thanks for all the time you give to creating and writing, Sarah, I know it is costly.

    • I know – that picture KILLS me. It’s from National Geographic’s yearly photo contest. Foudn it on Pinterest.

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  • this is beautiful. although i’m a newby around here, i feel like i’ve found a place i can stay. really love your blog and your writing sarah. (going to finish reading at deeper.)

    and this? this photo makes my heart hurt. a good hurt. i love, love, love it so much more than i know how to say. can you see yourself in her? oh, i can. she is me. he is my children. *chills*

    not only does this photo SPEAK to me, but it took me to your pinterest boards. i’m new there… only joined about two weeks ago (approachingadditionalready?), but ohmygoodness, your “wise women” board is maybe the best thing ever. EVER. i’m so inspired. and i’m SO going to start pinning women that are worthy of our headspace.

    thanks sarah, for just being yourself. i love you.

    (sometimes i gush and then later feel silly. but whatever. i’m a gushy-sort-of person, and i think you can handle it.) 🙂