Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.” Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.”
Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” For they no longer dared to ask him another question. Luke 20:27-40
I am both grateful and a little annoyed that you did not explain what the midwives do. Now I know and I have to say I am a bit overwhelmed and totally embarrassed. Without any notice, these women can barging into our house (I found out later Mama had arranged this all), told me to undress and began examining me. They put their hands in places - oh, I am still too embarrassed to say - and touched me all over. Mama stood smiling in the corner of my room while they went over me thoroughly - and I mean Thoroughly - and pronounced that I was due in less than a month. Three weeks tops, they said! I knew it was getting close but I really didn't know how close it was going to be. They will be present when I deliver, they said and Mama agreed. Mama doesn't think our trip will happen before they baby comes. I'm still blushing all over.
Afterwards, Joseph came by and I told him about the wise women who visit - not in graphic detail, I admit. He held me and we laughed a little at my awkwardness and their thoroughness. Then he told me that we might have to leave sooner than he thought. The baby is coming and we might have to be on the road. Oh, I have to go with him as he is my husband, but now I'm really scared. Mama and Poppa asked at supper if there wasn't some way to delay or postpone the trip. Joseph said he would try to find out but that the government seemed very strict and insistent. What we don't need is trouble with the law as if we aren't in enough of a mess as it is.
Thank you Aunt Elizabeth for your nice letter and encouraging words. It sounds like baby John is the delight of your heart. I know this little one will be my delight. I keep holding on to the promises of God.