Since the pandemic started, I’ve been present at four births as a doula [a woman’s support person during labor and birth], with a fifth baby on their way any day now. It’s been such a deep level of intimacy with women I’ve only met once before seeing them vulnerable, powerful, and transformed in the delivery room. And while the pandemic rendered us so isolated, distanced, and lonely, being invited into these sacred moments of a family being born has been quite poignant and touching.
“Dar a luz” is the Spanish phrase “to give birth.” This phrase translates to “bring to light” which captures so beautifully the journey of a baby from the womb to their mother’s arms. And it is a journey—a tough one—with a delicate balance of agency and surrender.
Today’s readings include the famous passage from John: “I am the light of the world.” It’s not easy to see the light these days: war rages, the planet burns, and the pandemic claws its way into a third year. But even in the midst of this bleakness, God is giving birth to newness in us, bringing it to the light: thrilling yet terrifying, intimate and holy. And we’re never the same.
Walking the fine line between our own agency and surrendering to God, we witness the light: moments of bravery standing against hatred, solidarity efforts with citizens of war-torn countries, embracing simplicity to walk more gently on the Earth. Our endeavors, paired with God’s grace, bring to light the world we want to live in.
- What has been born in you these tough last few years? What is God bringing to the light in you this Lent?
- How have you brought the light to others?
- Where have you seen moments of birth and light in the world lately?
Julie Myers is ethical purchasing coordinator for the Ignatian Solidarity Network. She is a mother to two young kids and married to a fellow justice advocate. After graduating from John Carroll University, she spent three years in Colombia, South America doing human rights work. She then got her master’s in ministry at a Presbyterian school in Chicago before moving back to Cleveland. She loves gardening, new recipes, and book recommendations.