A Womb with a View (Psalms 100-113)

I hope you got a kick out of this play on words as much as I did.

I’ve been plugging along, reading various psalms that exalt God’s goodness and power, and came across this gem:

“Who is like the Lord our God/who is seated on high/who looks far down/upon heavens and the earth?/He raised the poor from the dust/and lifts the needy from the ash heap/to make them sit with princes/with the princes of his people/He gives the barren woman a home/making her the joyous mother of children/Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 113:5-9) [my italics]

I find children somewhat distasteful. In my observation, they seem to be needy individuals and make for very poor problem solvers. I have no interest in negotiating another person’s meals, bedtime, or jacket choice in my lifetime. This past weekend I was in the grocery store and overheard this slice of parenting:

Child: “Why can’t I get ice cream?”

Parent: “Because you don’t own your own home and make your own money.”

Enough said. I wish I’d high-fived that parent.

As a woman who, in Margaret Cho’s words, “ovulates sand,” I get a kick out of anything linking a woman’s essential happiness with having children. I cannot relate. Even in biblical times there must have been women who didn’t want children. What about the figurative woman in Psalm 13? First, she’s given a home. Cool. Second, she’s knocked up. Not so cool. I bet she was like, “What the hell’s in this water?”.

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