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This is but the beginning of birth pangs, he said.

Labor? This is labor?
How much pain are we in for?
And where are the midwives?

This is but the beginning of birth…

What’s even being born?
Will it survive? 
Will we?

This is but the beginning…

And after the beginning, an end?
And after an end, a beginning?
What will become of life?

This is but the beginning of birth pangs, he said.

As the womb rumbles and muscles contract,
can we hold your hand?

Mark 13:7-8 “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.”

Header photo by freestocks on Unsplash

Julie VanDerVeen Van Til

Julie VanDerVeen Van Til is the pastor of Flossmoor Community Church in Flossmoor, Illinois. She and her family enjoy music, theater, books and travel. They especially enjoy exploring National Parks, interactive museums, and anyplace with water in the summertime. .

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