When i was in college and engaged to my wife, Lori, we were having Sunday dinner at her apartment. It was Lori, her roommate, another friend (girl) from seminary, and me. I’ll call this friend Karice. So the four of us are all sitting around this little table together just hanging out and talking and the conversation slid idly over to the subject of kids. Karice very excitedly look each of us in the eye and says, “Do you realize, we are all going to be mothers one day!”
As she says this i’m trying very hard not to spit milk out my nose or mouth from laughter. After i finish swallowing i ask her a clarifying question; “So we are all going to be mother’s some day?” In a very serious tone she says, “Yes, we are all going to be mothers some day!” So i give it a few seconds to sink in, “WE are ALL going to be mothers one day.” Karice looks at me like i am talking gibberish, and continues confused yet excitedly, “Of Course we are ALL going to be mothers some day.” Meanwhile Lori and her roommate are both trying very hard not to break out laughing. This goes on for another minute or so as Karice becomes more insistent and the rest of us are trying so hard not to break out laughing. Finally Lori says to lost and confused Karice, “So John is going to be a mother some day too?” It finally sinks in and Karice turns about 3 shades of pink darker as the bewilderment on her face quickly morphs into complete embarrassment, poor girl.
Eight years later and her prophetically spoken statement is 75% accurate. I’m still not a mother, and i think that at this point it is safe to say that i probably never will be. The three ladies in the room are all married with kids, and i am still the only guy in a place full of girls.
Motherhood is blessed. It is not a thing of shame or to be disappointed about. It is not dirty or unclean. It is about faith, hope, and love embodied. To bring new life in the world. To share the joys and sorrows of life, and to pass down who you are to the next generation.
YHWH understands that… He created it. Here in chapter 12 of Leviticus He tells the mother what needs to be done for her purification and return to communion with Him. It is a beautiful promise given after a beautiful process of bringing about life. The very work that YHWH has done and is continuing to do.
Blessed be the name of the LORD!
John J. Camiolo Jr.