One thing I’m absolutely sure of is I would be dead if not for Jesus, my Redeemer. Jesus revolutionized women at a time when rabbis were not allowed to speak to women, not even to their wives in public. But Jesus did, and was engaged with women all the time. He first revealed himself to a Samaritan woman at the well, who has been married five times, that He was the Messiah. I doubt that she would be chosen to be a deaconess in today’s shame church.
He told the Samaritan woman that there comes a time when you don’t have to go to the mountain or to the temple to worship. GOD is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. It’s all about your heart (your spirit) and your mind. We dont go into some trance or some absent mindedness state of mind. We come boldly in full awareness of truth and spirit. I worship while I write, washing dishes, or even resting. I don’t even have to sing to worship.
The Samaritan woman at the well is a figure from the Gospel of John, in John 4:4–26. In Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic traditions, she is venerated as a saint with the name Photine, meaning “luminous [one]”. I have no problem with that. Light shines through our cracked minds and brokenness.
And when Jesus rose from the death he appeared to Mary Magdalene and sent her to tell his students that he is risen. Mary was so broken, so demonized and controlled by evil spirits that God could free her, restore her and later sent her as an apostle. She is known as apostle to the apostles. These two women’s encounter with God is encouraging to us women in all walks of life.
With all the commotion and rumors of disputes big and small raging around us, I’m glad I am just a nobody in a society so warped with greed and entitlements. I know we are loved. Our first purpose in life is to let God love us.
Have a good week and always let that unconditional love of God and his amazing grace be internalized in you mind, your emotions and your heart and be part of who you are. Remember the lessons learned in the past but don’t live there. Live in the present and dream of a future.