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“Living As A Christian Woman”: Meditation Two - 5/13/2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sermon Text: Proverbs 31: 10-31

Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers and grandmothers!  Happy Women’s Day to all our female church family!  In respect to all that mothers do but also in respect to all women as we are made in the image of God, I choose to celebrate the day as for all Christian Women.

This will not be a long meditation but is an offering. From one elementary school’s students when asked the following questions:

Why did God make mothers? 
• She’s the only one who knows where the Scotch tape is.
• Mostly to clean the house.
• To help us out of there when we were getting born.
How did God make mothers?
• He used dirt just like he did for the rest of us.
• Magic plus superpowers and a lot of stirring.
• God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.
Of what ingredients are mothers made?
• God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world, and one dab of mean.
• They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.
Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
• We’re related.
• God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s moms like me.

Proverbs 31: 10-31 speaks to us of “a wife of noble character” and right off the bat tells us that she is quite valuable. For one thing, her husband “has full confidence in her.” “She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” She is industrious, working with her hands making clothing for the family. She is a savvy marketer making sure the family has the food it needs from the marketplace. She gets up before the rest of the family to make sure that all are feed before the work day begins. She is a wise investor in that if she sees a good land deal, she will buy the land and plant it in order to harvest and have surplus available in time of need. She approaches her tasks with vivacity and strength rather than with idleness and carelessness. She makes sure that provisions are set in so that, for one thing, the lamps will not go out due to lack of oil. She is generous to those in need. She not only makes clothing for the family but also supplies the merchants. She herself is “clothed with strength and dignity.” “She speaks with wisdom.” “She oversees the affairs of her household.” “Her children call her blessed; her husband praises her.”  And lastly, “a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” That last bit is for all of us women for some of us are step-mothers, widows, aunts, cousins, never-married, --whatever role we fulfill as women the above attributes apply to us even though we are not “wives and mothers”. Fearing the Lord, reverencing Him and being obedient to His commands is our calling as women.

Lastly, I want to give to you this hymn lyrics based on the tune to “Be Thou My Vision” that has been reset  by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette in 1998 and is entitled, “God of the Women”:

“God of the women who answered your call, trusting your promises, giving their all, women like Sarah and Hannah and Ruth---give us their courage to live in your truth.

God of the women who walked Jesus’ Way, giving their resources, learning to pray, Mary, Joanna, Susanna, and more---may we give freely as they did before.

God of the women long put to the test, left out of stories, forgotten, oppressed, quietly asking, “Who smiled at my birth?”---In Jesus’ dying, you show us our worth.

God of the women who ran from the tomb, prayed with the others in that upper room, then felt your Spirit on Pentecost Day---may we so gladly proclaim you today.
 

O God of Phoebe and ministers all, may we be joyful in answering your call. Give us the strength of your Spirit so near that we may share in your ministry here.”

Blessings, O Women of the Church! Amen.