Ponder: Stop for a moment and remember the women in two thirds of the world who face the threat of death during every delivery.
Prayer: Lord, bless all mothers and expectant mothers. Open our eyes to see and use our fingertips to write to help expectant mothers in the third world.
My daughter almost died during childbirth 6 days ago when she almost bled out, loosing a litre of blood
I gazed down at her limp form,
As a tear trickled down her pale face.
“I felt myself slipping away…”
My daughter thought for a moment that she was dying,
Her husband carried her weak body to the washroom.
The nurse held her new son’s weight, as she nursed.
Life and death are not as far apart as I had presumed.
The largest threat in third world countries is the lack of proper maternal health care for women. In these countries, the women often die of haemorrhaging. This usually occurs while they are giving birth or after the process because there are no doctors or nurses in their presence. When the women begin losing a lot of blood, there is nothing anyone can do.
It is Good Friday, a day we reflect on our Lord’s passion and death. Yet a day that I am thinking of birth, as well..Jesus’ birth in a stable, with no doctor, in an era where mothers died during childbirth, especially young girl-mothers like Mary. I wonder what thoughts or fears went through her head? Of course God was with her and within her in a unique way, yet….
In this painting, young Mary is exhausted, asleep as angels entertain baby Jesus