Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Journey to Bethlehem
Today, I am thinking of what it means to journey toward a birthing. What does that journey involve? What preparations need to be made? What outcomes are anticipated? There is a song entitled Mary Did You Know? It is a moving song full of questions--questions that could not have been answered by Mary as she traveled to Bethlehem.
As a woman who has experienced a pregnancy and birth of a child, I can only imagine that Mary was focus on the immediate present of the journey. Most likely, she felt every bump and slip of the donkey's footfall (if she even rode a donkey). She probably felt the aches and pains of sleeping on the ground, sitting or walking for hours, and the kicking and squirming of the child. Late term pregnancy is the worst for physical discomfort. I can only think that the journey to Bethlehem was rough for Mary.
This is how it is. The journey toward rebirth, that new birth, is rough. It is full of bumps and aches. Sometimes there is kicking and squirming. It is a journey of discomfort. It requires focus on the immediate present. It is a journey of questions and anticipation. Our only assurance is that the journey must be made and that at the end of it, life will be born.
Posted by Lisa Gonzales-Barnes