We Are Women

We are women
Walking in the spirit of Abigail
Unafraid to use our intelligence and resources
To protect those who depend on us
And to do what is right in Your sight

We are women
Walking in the spirit of Priscilla
Ready to use our gifts to let Your truth blossom
And cause untruth to wither and fade

We are women
Walking in the spirit of Miriam
Called to lead Your peopleAnd ready to sing for joy
And ready to sing for joy
At what You have done among us

We are women
Walking in the spirit of Mary the virgin
Fully surrendered to You
In whatever surprising and dangerous and precious calling
You may ask of us

We are women
Walking in the spirit of Junia the apostle
Knowing that “one in Christ Jesus” might take us
Where no woman has trod before

We are women
Walking in the spirit of Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Susanna
Dwelling in the gratitude of what You have done for us
And willing to throw caution to the winds for Your sake

We are women
Walking in the spirit of Huldah
With the courage to speak uncomfortable truth to power
And thus become the midwives of holy transformation

We are women
Walking in the spirit of Phoebe the deacon
With our feet ready to carry Your message of good news
And our mouths ready to speak Your words

Wherever You may send us
We are women
Walking in the spirit of Mary of Bethany
Knowing that at Your feet is the only place to be –
The place of costly discipleship
And of Martha, with the courage to
Cast aside old wineskins to discover
The sweetness of the new wine Mary discovered in You

We are women
Walking in the spirit of Hagar
Finding that even in our deepest “valley of the shadow”
You are already there, and You see us – truly see us
Even when we have become so small
We can no longer see ourselves

We are women
Created by Your good design
In Your image and likeness
Lovingly shaped and knit together by You
To go forth in Your name

To dream dreams
To  prophesy
And to see visions
Through the outpouring of Your Spirit on us
Made whole in You

Known
Accepted
Loved
Forgiven

Committed
Gifted
Called
Commissioned
Sent

And wholly Yours.

 

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