Isaiah doesn't politely, abstractly compare God to a mother giving birth. The text suggests that God squats and pants and bellows like a moose.
Preaching on biblical passages about labor and childbirth is important, but it's also dangerous.
I got the epidural. As the pain receded, I felt an ache of disappointment settle in.
One in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage. But as United Methodist pastor Elise Erikson Barrett points out, we don’t much like to talk about miscarriage.