12.01.2013

Women in Ministry Series: The Baby Jesus Blog


As the Women in Ministry Series comes to a close, Elizabeth Hagan and Sarah Jobe have invited us to wait with them and a treasure trove of thoughtful and faithful writers over at the Baby Jesus Blog. 



It is Advent.
Mary is 36 weeks pregnant, and baby Jesus is due any day. 
How do we learn to wait for a baby savior?


Waiting for Christmas is about waiting for a baby to be born, and as any mom will tell you, that kind of waiting is hard work. We get impatient. We get distracted. We take baby waiting as primarily an excuse to eat huge quantities of butter, chocolate, and combinations of the two. But babies change everything, and learning to wait with hopeful longing for God’s new life to burst into the world is at the heart of the Christian faith.

But not everyone who waits for babies waits 40-week gestational periods. There are some parents who must endure rounds and rounds of infertility tests and treatments to even have the possibility hearing that a baby is officially on the way. There are some parents who wait by wading through the rigors of adoption paperwork and court dates. There are some parents who wait for babies who doctors have said have little chance of survival out of utero. There are some co-waiters: aunts and uncles, grandparents, and siblings who come alongside those who wait for babies, both when there is a due date and also when there is not.

What can all of these experiences of waiting teach us about waiting for baby Jesus?

We (Sarah and Elizabeth) became friends as roommates at Duke Divinity School. We later were both ordained as ministers within the Baptist church. Several years after seminary, I (Sarah) birthed two girls back-to-back and wrote a theological reflection about the experience in a book called Creating with God. I (Elizabeth) am still waiting to become an official mother, and have written a book (forthcoming) about infertility called Unsilencing the Grief. How could we as pastors and friends hold our radically different experiences of waiting in the same conversation? This writing project is our answer.

This Advent season, we invite you to learn to wait for a baby Savior by waiting with us.

We have asked six people with radically different experiences of waiting for babies to write one meditation for each of the four weeks of Advent: Sarah, Joe, Susan, Beth, Elizabeth and Dayna. We hope that over the course of Advent you get to know each of us better and enter into our stories in a deeper way. We’ve also asked guest writers to join their voices to our project too: Joy, Chris, Jonathan, Jennifer, Kevin, Ed and MaryAnn. Together with scripture reflections, each voice will invite us into his or her own journey of waiting. Many of these voices have been a part of the Women in Ministry blog as writers and readers-- including the founder, Ed Cyzewski. Join us for the conversation over at Baby Jesus blog.


About This Week's Contributors

Sarah Jobe is an ordained Baptist minister, prison chaplain, teacher, and mother of two. She lives with her family at the Rutba House, a Christian house of hospitality in Durham, NC. She is the author of Creating with God: The Holy Confusing Blessedness of Pregnancy. As a prison chaplain, she is hoping for the reconciliation of mothers and their children this Advent.





Elizabeth Hagan is an ordained minister in the Baptist tradition, a writer and a social media enthusiast who divides her time between Arlington, VA and Oklahoma City, OK with her husband Kevin. She currently works as the Ambassador for Social Advocacy at Feed The Children. When her blog is not in Advent mode, you can follow what Elizabeth is up to at Preacher on the Plaza.




About the Women in Ministry Series
The Women in Ministry Series is a collection of guest posts that aims to provide an alternative to the women in ministry debates by telling the stories of women in ministry and encourage women to explore their God-given callings.

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