CW: Sex Work, Infant Loss
Solomon thinks he is wise
to trick a ruling
out of two women
He thinks he is powerful–
to Lord it over
who have to sell their bodies
But all I can see
Is red flags
All I can think is
how I knew this story at five or six
I maybe knew what prostitution was,
I definitely did not know what appropriation was
and how it made fostering and adoption messy..
I had some idea of what feminism meant
but I did understand grief–
and that it can get really complicated really fast
However, I knew then, and I know now that one woman
went home empty-handed
Where was the chaplain
that day God?
Where were the midwives? The healers? The other women?
This so called wisdom falls hard on my ears today God.
I find it, as my kids say, sus.
Is this about wisdom–or something else
Do the women need wisdom?
Or does Solomon need compassion
Holy Comforter, I know why you put a story of prostitution in the Bible
Its not so the King can teach the whores
Jesus bless the sex workers
Because we should treat them
Like the human beings
No matter what
and not use any excuse to judge them
And God bless all those who mourn
Help those whose arms feel empty
Please, reach out to all those who are grieving in unhealthy and unhelpful ways.
Walk with them.
Please, remind us that you are not Solomon,
You will never slash our beloved things in half,
or send us home empty-handed
You will instead, reunite us with our sisters and friends
Restore us to our beloved
And whisper in our ears that its ok to be sad
Walk with us in our unhappiness we pray.
Feel Free to use/share/adapt with credit to Pastor Katy Stenta