All tagged Female Bodies

He is taken to trial as an innocent man, found guilty, and sentenced to public execution. The memories of the angel visit, of your firstborn son’s babyhood, of the holy mysteries you pondered as a young mother turn to ashes. There is more to the story, I know. But this is what pierced me as we celebrated Christmas with my daughter for the first time. Truly, truly, God became flesh and dwelt among us.

No fear in love

God has, in other instances, rebuked me for being too harsh with people when I should have been gracious to them in their weakness, but I never felt him check me when I was sixteen and yelling at a boy who had chased me through an empty building in the night, or when I was taking a man to task for groping my chest. I’ve felt uneasy about my own behavior, but all I’ve felt from the Lord is an invitation to refine my theology: if God is as committed to the sanctity of his creation, as jealous for his people’s purity of thought and body, as visionary as his Word claims, he must rage against any man’s violation of me.

If the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy, and Christ comes so that we may have life and life to the full, birth and reproduction are the Lord's lasting reproval of the curse.

The Lord is doing what he did before, speaking through those around me to help me navigate unfamiliar terrain, making my experience of the unknown more bearable.