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SJT – Redemption (Midwife Openings)

15 Oct

This week’s theme Spiritual Journey Thursday word “REDEMPTION” had me scratching my head at first. I know the traditional religious meaning of the word “redemption” is the rich concept of salvation from sin through the atonement of Christ. But one also hears the word redemption used in another way. I read or hear it used often as a theme in story or movie.

(The site ranker.com, for example, has a list called “The Best Movies About Redemption.” The opening paragraph describes the theme:

“Some of the most beloved movies of all time feature the theme of redemption. These are the stories that motivate us to hold on to hope, fight to survive, always believe in the best, and recognize that anyone can change. This theme reminds us that life is a series of choices, and for every act of injustice there is justice around the corner!”)

One of the dictionaries I consulted defines this type of redemption:

“the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt.”

Many Bible stories include this theme. The story of Joseph comes to mind. Another much shorter tale is the one of the two midwives who defied Pharaoh’s command to kill the Hebrew male children as they were delivering them to help Pharaoh control the Hebrew population explosion. Bible commentaries suggest these two women, Shiphrah and Puah, were Egyptian overseers of a guild of midwives and that they were middle-aged. The Bible tells their story in Exodus 1:15-21.

Some years ago when I was writing a series of poems on Bible women, I wrote one about them. Here is their story of redemption:

Shiphrah and Puah (Artist unknown)

Shiphrah and Puah (Artist unknown)

Midwife Openings

Pharaoh said,
Kill each newborn boy!
Midwife code, training
each prospective mother cell
cries, Our lives, not theirs!

We will risk
raising Pharaoh’s wrath.
We fear God Yahweh.
To commit infanticide
means blood on our hands.

Hebrew boys
live despite king’s plot.
Yahweh smiles on us.
We grow great with fruitfulness!
Midwives may apply.

© 2015 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

spiritual-journey-framedThis post is linked to Spiritual Journey Thursday, hosted by Holly Mueller at Reading, Teaching, Learning.

What’s your favorite story of redemption? Have you experienced redemption in this way?

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3 responses to “SJT – Redemption (Midwife Openings)

  1. cvarsalona

    October 15, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Violet, it is amazing how you meandered through your post and ended with a beautiful poem about a courageous act. Your poem’s title is such a creative launch to your want ad.

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  2. bobbietaylor

    October 15, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Having just learned (within the hour) that today is “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day,” I am additionally moved by your post and your “Midwife Openings” poem that seem so perfectly to fit the day’s twin theme: redemption/infant loss. How does God do that? Use your posts to connect so poignantly/to pull so many things together–things you don’t even know about what you share your post. God bless you! Thanks! p.s. I Tweeted about entering into the spirit of the day: lighting a candle at 7 p.m. tonight. For me, there is personal reason, I admit, but even if there were not, I’d like to think that I (and others like me) would do it anyway. Thanks for considering.

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