Went to church tonight; Father called last night and wanted to arrange a time where A and I could come and pray some prayers with Father for a woman about to give birth.
Still in a Pentacost state of mind (Billy Joel can have NY), was thinking about the newly-reinstated prayer at the beginning of the Trisagion: "O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere and fillest all things, Treasury of blessings and Giver of life, come and abide in us..." and my mind sort of "caught" on "Giver of life." Here we are, two people who God has united as one in marriage, the sacrament of unity, and we are now asking the Giver of life to do just that...to help us bring forth a life.
This is the beauty of the union of people in Christ; it cannot help but bring forth new, real, and--God willing--lasting life. Both in the spiritual and physical sense, it is an icon of the union, healing, and restoration of us all.