Born In an Instant!
Wayne C. Drueck
Before the birth of our first child, my wife was in labor for 19+ hours. Everyone was ultimately fine, but it was a long, painful wait. Can you imagine the contrast in Isaiah 66 where a mother gives birth before labor even begins? I think my wife might have traded places, given the choice.
The mother that Isaiah describes is giving birth to a nation. Mother God is creating again and that creation is nearly instantaneous. “Who ever heard of such a thing… Can a nation be born in a day…come to life in a second?”
Jerusalem had endured generations of travail and grief. Hope was a rare commodity. But God made this birth, this “new Jerusalem,” happen in a heartbeat and, along with it, gave the promise of many more “children.”
Hope itself was born in the God-birthing of that nation. Those who once lived in sorrow could now be glad. They will be nursed and comforted as they were by their own mother, until they are safe and satisfied. They will enjoy Mother God’s wonderful glory fully and abundantly.
In the birth of the Bethlehem child, we too can find comfort even after a long, painful journey. This Advent we too can live in expectation and hope and enjoy God’s glory fully and abundantly.
God of birth and nurture, reveal to us your glory and hold us closely in Your arms.
Wayne C. Drueck is a retired United Church of Christ pastor living in Rothschild, WI.
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