Thursday, July 5, 2007

Reclaiming Mary

Do you want to know what I have grown to love about this bible study? I love the learning conversation and the consideration that goes into each week. More, I love the daily communing with God regarding these topics. Finally, I love learning about what it truly means to be a woman in Christ. I've been challenging myself to really understand what God is doing with this voice he's communicating through me. Its definitely different. Sometimes questionable. But, at the end of the day, if I have encouraged even one sister to see herself in the scriptures of the LORD, then I have done what he would have me to do.

Why is it important that we see ourselves? Seeing our selves in our beliefs in our religious discourse, in our spiritual conversation connects us. I am struggling to figure out how to say this. I've had this post open for about two hours now. When I think of the LORD, I want to know that the hairs on my head has been counted...that I am known. Part of knowing me, is KNOWING ME...if the only understanding of God that I have is him as a man...it kind of confuses the the connection that he and I are able to share. This is especially true if I believe that I am fearfully and wonderfully made in the very likeness and image of God.

Seeing ourselves in the Word of God allows us to see our stories unfold with God's wisdom. (Please recall that in Proverbs the personification of Wisdom is feminine.) It is God's wisdom that will speak into the intentions of our lives. It is God's grace that will see us through to its completion. If we are missing in the Word of God, how can we grow in the Faith it would take to move in our intention...for us to see it through to completion? (Phil 1:4-7)

Okay...too complicated.

I want to see me in God's Word so that I can know that I am OK.
That my sexuality is acceptable. (there are 56+ verses about sexual immorality. Why? Because sexual morality is soo wonderful, and passionate, and completing, that to remove the "moral" part is to cause one to feel used, and disconnected, and degraded. Sex is not sin. Read Song of Songs tonight with your husband.)
That my appearance is wonderful. Psalm 139:14
That my mistakes are forgiven. Ephesians 1:7
That my ideas are amazing. Colossians 2:7-9
That my lips are perfect, and breasts are beautiful. Song of Solomon 7:2-4
That life is possible. Luke 18:27
That death is not an end. Romans 6:3-5
That I am part of something bigger 1 Corinthians 12
That my being is intentional Ephesians 1:5
That I am free Galatians 5:1

What does this have to do with reclaiming Mary? Well, it reclaims her voice and her presence in our lives. She is all those things mentioned above. It reclaims Eve, and Jochobed, and Hannah, and Mary Magdalene and Prisca, and Huldah, and Tamar, and the countless nameless women who grace the printed Word of the LORD. It reclaims our own stories of womanhood, of motherhood, of humanity as we live integrally in the historical landscape, the multi-colored fabric of the Church of Christ....

Well...that is my deep thought for today. I'd say to you...what is your deep thought for today? Who are you in Christ..what is your voice?

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