15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16 “When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live. 18 So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and allowed the boys to live?” 19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.” 20 So God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied and became very strong.
God of new birth,
Open our eyes to the midwives in our midst; those near and far who are working to bring forth new life, even in the midst of chaos, challenge, and destruction.
Open our hearts to your call; that we might become midwives ourselves, ready to usher in new life at any moment.
*This week’s video is from Midwives for Haiti, a current project with Brethren Volunteer Service. Like the midwives Shiphrah and Puah from this Sunday’s scripture who made Moses’ birth possible, these midwives bring life and safety to a country and a people in desperate need of just those things.
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