Covenant of Creation

In my womb You formed the child, (Ps. 139:13)
in my womb, I nourished it, (Ps. 139:16)
You formed and numbered the baby’s limbs,
I contained and protected them.
You who could see the child in my depths, (Ps. 139:15)
I who felt the kicks and turns,
together we counted the months.
Together we planned the future.
Flesh of my Flesh (Jer. 1:5, Isa.49:5)
form of Your form. (Gen.1:26)
Another human being upon the earth,
a home for God in this, our world.


From Tikva Frymer-Kensky, Motherprayer: The Pregnant Woman’s Spiritual Companion, Riverhead Books, New York, 1995. Reprinted with the permission of Penguin Putnam, Inc.

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