My blog is evolving. I intended to keep it “back roads” only with photos concentrating on rural America as seen off the beaten path. It will continue. However, with the demise of Journalspace, there has been a change in theme on this WordPress blog in that I write a bit more personal. I don’t feel so threatened as I did on Journalspace although the risk is certainly there. It’s freeing really to be here.
This morning in Sunday School, we covered Exodus 1:8 and subsequent verses relating to the midwives. The related text spoke of the midwives cleansing the baby and rubbing it with salt. Some feel this had antiseptic purposes. I can’t imagine it feeling good to have salt rubbed onto such delicate skin.
As I prepare for birth of my baby boy, I have been reading scripture text regarding labor and delivery throughout the Old and New Testaments. Today, a baby is wrapped in a particular manner at the hospital shortly after delivery.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary describes the cloth with which newborns were wrapped as a swaddling band (which) was a long, narrow strip of cloth used to wrap a newborn baby. To swaddle a child was to wrap an infant in strips of cloth, much like narrow bandages. This was believed to ensure the correct early development of the limbs. Thus, swaddling was a mark of parental love and care, while the need for swaddling symbolized the humble, dependent position of the newborn child…Although she could offer Jesus no better crib than an animals manger, Mary showed her mothers love by wrapping her baby in swaddling clothes (Luke 2:7, 12). The baby Jesus in swaddling bands reminds us of the great humility of our Lord in becoming a human being for our sakes.” (Youngblood, R. F., Bruce, F. F., Harrison, R. K., & Thomas Nelson Publishers. Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary)