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nathan f. elmore

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Ramadan Renderings/Day 13

I am a Christian pastor who works as a collegiate minister with the Virginia Baptists at Virginia Commonwealth University. One of my areas of vocational interest and spiritual work is Christian-Muslim relations, including text-centered dialogues or conversations. During Ramadan 2011, I read through the entire Qur'an, in English, via Tarif Khalidi's 2008 translation (Penguin Books). What follows is a personal, meditative rendering of the Qur'an portion of the day. This rendering is devotional in nature, not scholarly. And it comes in the form of textual observations, spiritual reflections, theological questions or poetic responses.

 

Elderly man reading the Qur'an with a magnifying glass [Photo by HAMID52 via Flickr]

 

Day 13 || Reading: Qur'an 12:53 - 14:52

 

Rendering from Qur'an 13:8-9

http://quran.com/13/8-9

 

Like shooting stars, these verses flashed across the normal sky of my Qur'an reading plan for Ramadan. Bursts of praise to the God in whom is all knowledge.

I absolutely had to put the book down -- to think.

And I could not stop thinking about wombs. About women of old. About Sarah and Hannah and Elizabeth and Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Then I traveled closer in time, to a new friend, whose wife has had two late-term miscarriages. God only knows about wombs. He is still Almighty.

 

Womb from knitty [elizabethps via Flickr]