Friends along the way
Parishioner Jennifer Charrington has taken up the challenge of our Year with the Bible and found female friends ancient and new who speak out with strong voices. Read on...
Once a week, on Tuesday mornings, a small but dedicated group of women in the parish gather to pray together, laugh, learn and discuss the week’s reading in The Path. As we wrestle with the questions for the journey at the end of each chapter, and reflect upon what we have read, I find myself continually asking our gathered group, “Hey! Remember so-and-so?” (Hagar, Pharoah’s Daughter, Naomi, The Real and False Mothers, the Widow of Zarephath, to name a few). In 2014, our small group read a terrific book together entitled, Bible Women – All Their Words and Why They Matter, and the stories of those women continue to come to mind.
Each week, I as I do my reading of The Path and prepare for the discussion in our group, I return to my worn, dog-eared copy of Bible Women, and use it as reference. Part of the fun for me, has been to recognize these familiar women, and their stories, and bring them back alive for our group within the context of our reading of The Path.
Because these women and their stories are familiar to us from our earlier small group discussions, it is as if they are back with us again, reminding each of us about how God is speaking through them to us.
At a time in our own history when women are speaking out and finding their voices, it is poignant to go back thousands of years to our spiritual sisters and see similar parallels -- good and evil, sin and redemption, forgiveness and God’s enduring love for us all.