verse 2: I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been a great help to many people, including me.
The reading for today is at the end of the book of Romans. Paul is asking the early church in Rome to support those who have been instrumental in forming the church. I can’t help noticing that there are women mentioned. In our times, it is not at all surprising for women to be recognized as important members and leaders of organizations. But in the time of Christ, I wonder if this was considered almost revolutionary. We look for the mention of women in the Bible as if it would be expected. I am wondering if this elevation of women by God, through Christ, was intended to remind early Christians of the importance of women as equals in His creation? Was this God’s gentle “women’s movement” that somehow got lost along the way, and had to be found again in modern times?
Holy Lord, I know you created me for a purpose. I am not less important than others. I can allow myself to squander the gifts you have given me, or I can step up to the plate and do my part. Being female is part of your unique plan for me. Help me and lead me, Father God. Amen
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