Words From Women, March 30

““Female friendships that work are relationships in which women help each other belong to themselves.” ~Louise Bernikow

(I didn’t exactly hit one-a-day, but life intrudes while women’s wisdom lives on regardless . . .) I hope the quotes I’ve featured have been an encouragement to you all, and may the end of Women’s History Month never be the end of women’s equality with men and affirmation as full partners in every way and in every part of God’s plan for this world. We hold up half the sky; it doesn’t make us more important or more worthy, but it’s enough that we know that we ARE important and worthy, however marginalized, oppressed, forgotten and mocked we and our fore-sisters have been.

Galatians 3:28 promises, to a Jewish culture wherein men awoke every morning thanking God they weren’t created Gentile, poor, or female, that those sin-borne divisions have no place in the church, home, or family. For those of you who “take the Bible literally,” remember this, and instead of expending so much effort in trying to apply a twisted, faulty hermeneutic that works to deny the truth of God’s declaration, try working for what it proclaims:

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus . . .”

How I wait for the day when the Church says “Amen!”

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