I spend countless hours in the midst of the ancient, sacred stories of women – wanting and wondering how to tell them, believing they matter, oft’ overwhelmed, admittedly, by the sneaky voice that tells me my readers won’t “get” their significance, their beauty, their relevance, their wisdom.
Regardless of the voice, my heart cannot let that happen. And so I press on.
We need these stories. We need these women. Why? Because we need muses, mentors, companions, even, midwives who call us forth and birth us into the lives that are ours to claim, to live, to love.
This is what these stories do. This is what these women do – over and over and over again.
The more value and worth we give to any woman’s story, the more value and worth we give to our own. And that, it seems to me, is worth any effort, any risk, decrying any voices within or without. (For me AND for you.)
So, all that said, here’s one of those stories (along with 4 takeaways that matter):
Once upon a time there were two midwives who worked for a king. In an attempt to control the population of his slaves (who he feared would one day become his enemies), he told the midwives to kill every boy-child they birthed. They didn’t like this idea and so, chose to do nothing of the kind. Not soon after, the king called them on the carpet, demanding to know why they had not obeyed him. They said, “The Hebrew women are much too strong and fast! They have the child before we can even get there!” The ancient text tells us they did this because they respected and honored the Hebrew God (of whom they would have known little-to-nothing) more than they feared the king. And because of this, that same God blessed them with children of their own.
I can see a gazillion take-away’s from this story, but here are just four…for now:
- Do what you can’t not do – even before you feel ready. You are.
- Neither the voices within, nor those of “power” without have the final say. You do.
- Trust that life is yours to bring forth on your own and others’ behalf, no matter the risk. It is.
- Stand alongside other women – always and in all things. It matters.
The midwives (and countless others) stand alongside you…and me. And that’s the takeaway that matters most.