The Priceless Gift of Being a Mama: Incubator of Life

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Our first job as mamas is a privilege, the privilege of being the incubator of new life.

God gives mamas the gift of giving life. Eve, the first mama, is the “mother of all the living” (Genesis 3:20).

God gives mamas the gift of blessing generations. God promised Abraham that He would bless his wife Sarah and that she would be the mother of nations and that kings of peoples would come from her (Genesis 17:15-16).

People around the world have developed euphemisms for the beautiful truth that a baby is growing in a mother’s womb. In English, we speak of being in the family way. In Polish, women are in a “blessed state.” One literal translation of a Chinese euphemism is “some great things happen.” I’m partial to the Italian, “to be in sweet waiting.”

Training center for public health nurses. St. Louis Chapter, American Red Cross, examining room. Baby clinic. Pre-natal clinic. Before 1920. Courtesy Library of Congress.
Pre-1920 American Red Cross infant examining room and pre-natal clinic. Courtesy Library of Congress.

Psalm 139 gives a beautiful description of what happens during that sweet waiting period. It is our privilege to have within our own bodies the place where these astounding events take place.

For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
Psalm 139:13-16



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