The Almighty …blesses you with blessings of the skies above, blessings of the deep springs below, blessings of the breast and the womb
(Genesis 49:25; NIV).
You formed me in the womb,
Laboured, bore me, gave me breath,
Flooded me with brilliant light,
And washed me with your love.
You took me in your arms,
And warmed me with your Spirit’s fire,
Fed me with your perfect truth,
And soothed me with your peace.
You stood, to carry me
From that day forward, through the years,
Prepared to bear me, and my cross,
To share my joys and tears.
As truly as God is our Father, so truly is God our mother
(Revelations of Divine Love, Chapter 59, Julian of Norwich).
1. I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).
You guided my conception and formed me in the womb (Job 10:10; NLT).
The Lord called me before my birth; from within the womb he called me by name (Isaiah 49:1; NLT).
The Lord …will say, “I have long been silent; yes, I have restrained myself. But now, like a woman in labour, I will cry and groan and pant” (Isaiah 42;14; NLT).
The breath of the Almighty gives me life (Job 33:4; NKJV).
God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT).
God is love (1 John 4:8; NLT).
2. The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).
The Lord your God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).
The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).
Anyone who feeds on me will live because of me (John 6:57; NLT).
The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).
3. Praise the Lord; praise God our saviour! For each day he carries us in his arms (Psalm 68:19; NLT).
He lifted them up and carried them through all the years (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens (Psalm 68:19; NIV).
In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity (Hebrews 2:14; NIV).