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Advent Thought: Midwives

December 2, 2010

Today’s Advent metaphor comes from the excellent new prayerbook Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, by Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and Enuma Okoro. For followers of Jesus Advent is a time of waiting, and I love discovering new ways to think about this important practice. These friends offer a profound one:

But this waiting is not a passive waiting. It is an active waiting. As any expectant mother knows, this waiting also involves preparation, exercise, nutrition, care, prayer, work; and birth involves pain, blood, tears, joy, release, community. It is called labor for a reason. Likewise, we are in a world pregnant with hope, and we live in the expectation of the coming of God’s kingdom on earth. As we wait, we also work, cry, pray, ache; we are the midwives of another world. (Morning Prayer-December 1)

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