Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Accidental Death of a Baby ... by it's Mother!

I Kings 3:16-28 --- the story is famous for pointing us to King Solomon's wisdom in deciding the question of maternity between two mothers for the same baby. As the King threatens to divide the child in half, he rules for the woman who has compassion toward the child and gives up her 'rights' in favor of allowing the baby to live. And so they lived happily ever after! But do they all live happily ever after ... is it a happy ending for everyone?

All of Israel who heard of the story were in "awe" of Solomon's wisdom and that God's justice had certainly prevailed (vs. 28) But what about the human issues behind the story? Is God's footprint in the story only found over King Solomon and the royal impression he made for everyone? Are the two women and the child mere pawns to make a point for the King's "godly" wisdom?

Traditional modern church teaching has been willing to answer these last two questions with, 'yes.' But, fresh prophetic imaginations of postmodern theology is validating the depths of human complexities of each character within the biblical stories and the faith to believe that God journeys with each character throughout the story, seeking for a means of justice and mercy to prevail. Each character offers us a possibility to historically connect with their story, to search for God's Presence, and the chance to weave our story into theirs. So ... who of us in the 21st century might find our place in this story and hear the voice of God?

Let me start the list ... today's prostitutes, prostitutes who become pregnant, women who are left alone to give birth without family and community support, mothers and fathers who have accidentally caused the death of their child, parents involved in legal paternity or maternity suits, parents who win and people/parents who lose their legal battles, the variety of people in our family legal system who are called upon to make tough decisions involving parental battles (not many have the option of cutting babies in half today!) and then there's the children who only later in life find out the battle that was once fought on their behalf.

Certainly this biblical narrative will draw us into some great Spirit-led conversations this Sat.,Nov. 11th, at the Generations Quest Women's Kavura (in Va Beach.)


Blogger Doxallo said...

Can someone share what came of this?

How do today's prostitutes connect to the story? Just that there was a mention of someone like them in the story? What do they glean out of it? How do you minister to them or invite them in?

What's the hidden tale there...?

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