Birth is not easy. But it is natural, because what is gestating cannot remain hidden inside any longer. The space has become too small, the child too large. The creation must be released into the world. Birth is not easy, but it is natural. Fear and fighting, trying to escape the labor pains -- these only slow the birth. But faith -- faith that the pain is producing a passage way for Emergence, this is what lets us breath into the fear and inch toward accepting each contraction as a harbinger of birth.
Emerging faith is not easy. But it is natural, because we know somehow these questions and yearnings, this need to birth Truth and Grace that has become too small for check boxes, has gestated long enough! Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Our passage to freedom must be opened, and this means labor pains. And with each contraction, facing our worst fears that we will die giving birth, or that our child, this mustard seed of unconventional Grace will be stillborn or sickly. Facing our fears that we won't know how to raise this child to maturity, or that being parents of a new creation, we will lose ourselves in the process. Was Jesus talking to us when he said, "Lose your life to find your life?" Jesus is speaking to us today, in gentle, soothing tones, reassuring us he will never leave or forake us. And we breathe through each contraction, trusting that someday, with one final push, that crowning head will emerge -- perhaps a little coneshaped, but perfect. Whole and Beautiful, a gift we are entrusted to nurture until she is ready to meet the world and make her mark.
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