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Don’t Lose Your Sense of Awe

There is no moment so laden with awe as when you hold your child for the first time.  The experience is preserved in my memory like a snapshot in a photo album.  I won’t speak of the hours leading up to it, but when the midwife lifted my son into my arms and his skin was pressed against mine, the world stopped. Awe wrapped us in a glorious mummy-baby bubble, where everything outside was reduced to what sounded like the gentle murmur of music on the breeze. We looked, making silent introductions, although we already knew each other.  I remember his fragility; tiny fingers and toes, downy skin and mighty lungs!  There was something immensely tender and humbling that happened in that first encounter that will never, ever leave me.  A new mother accepting her new child. Many years ago I wrote a piece lamenting the injustices of being born a woman.  In my pre-mother state, I mounted my soaring stead and decried the natural way of things, that a woman must endure the horrors …