Dim Mirrors

Jim Bossler
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Dim Mirrors | August 28th, 2013

Dim Mirrors

SONY DSCHave you ever experienced something and thought to yourself, “this must be like heaven?” Or have you ever had an epiphany and thought, “this must be what God felt like when ______________.”

I’ve had a lot of these experiences lately. You see my wife gave birth on June 22nd. Our baby’s name is Harry.

Being a male in the delivery room of a hospital has got to be one of the most humbling experiences a man can have. I will never know the pain of childbirth like my wife has. And those ladies in the delivery room? They all know it, too. So everything I say there has the potential to sound like I’m a patronizing jerk, even the simple encouragement for my wife to persevere.

My wife is tough and displays exemplary endurance. She has a couple marathons under her belt. In fact, on Harry’s due date she ran three miles in an effort to kickstart her labor! Who does that?

But in the throes of labor, my wife’s exemplary endurance peaks and I see and hear things from my wife that I’m not used to experiencing with her. It’s a little bit scary, but it’s mostly helplessness that I feel. The only way her pain can go away is for her to finish the process of delivering the baby but I am unable to help bear her pain. I am not even able to properly empathize with her.

But there, in that delivery room, I was able (this will sound presumptuous) to experience a bit of what God experienced when Jesus was in the throes of his labor, delivering salvation–once for all time–to all of God’s adopted sons and daughters.

In those moments, Erin was on her own. No one could deliver our son for her. I could do nothing to help her. God must’ve felt that way when his Son, whom He loved dearly, was in anguish on the cross. Jesus was on his own. No help from God the Father. It was the only way the work would be finished.

It was only a sliver, a glimpse.

Some day things will be different. We will know the triune God in clarity and full assurance of knowledge. For it is written:

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12



  • Michelle

    Beautifully written Jim. thank You

    • JimErin Bossler

      thanks Michelle

  • thecommonlanguage.com

    Hi Jim,
    Congratulations on your new babe, Harry!
    (And in regards to the spiritual content of your post, the words to the Christmastime song, Breath of Heaven, come to mind. The words are from the perspective of Mary, “Holy Father, you have come and chosen me now to carry your Son. I am waiting in a silent prayer, I am frightened by the load I bear. In a world as cold as stone, must I walk this path alone?”)
    Blessings to you and your family,

    • JimErin Bossler

      thanks Susan!

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