During the coming week at About These Things we will feature selected verses from Proverbs 31. It may seem impossible to live up to the example of this ideal servant but we hope the pictures and verses will be a blessing as you strive to live a Godly life in a troubled world. To get our week started we would like to share a hymn that reminds us of many other Biblical women. May their courage, giving spirit, prayerful hearts and strength inspire each of us as we step forth to minister in our own corners of the world this week!
God of the Women
SLANE 10.10.9.10 (“Be Thou My Vision”)
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.
Photo: Marge McCoy
Tune: Irish Ballad, “Be Thou My Vision” Text: Copyright © 1998 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved. Copied from Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today’s Worship by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Geneva Press, 2000).
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