All in Essays
At times I felt deeply sad, because bringing a child into the world was a profound, sacred experience for me, and the conversation surrounding childbirth was so inane.
I have an easier time imagining seas parting than I do families forgiving each other when there have been generations of intractable resentment. That the book of Genesis chooses to end on exactly this miracle - divisions erased, a family reunited - says something about the priorities of its God.
If we can give credence to stories we may not identify with, consider the value of ideas we do not subscribe to, and offer compassion instead of defensiveness when confronted, I think we can steward the ministry of reconciliation that Christ entrusts us with. Postures of self-preservation and defensiveness allow racism to thrive, whereas humility empowers us to draw near to one another in love, and prepares us for the work of justice.