“Too often, women are divided from each other. Even though women bond, society puts us into categories: single or married; old or young; pretty or plain; lesbian or straight; fat or thin—the list goes on and on. Such descriptions tempt us to allow ourselves to be divided from other women, to be competitive, or to exclude each other in shame or blame.
We are different from one another, but do we need to compete? Women, in our differences, may instead accompany one another on the journey of faith and life. And that companionship makes for a wonderful journey.
Think about the women with whom you have been compared or with whom you have been tempted to compete. How might you support one another?
Seek to witness boldly and to serve in powerful ways, as companions with the living Christ, companions of one another.
This message was adapted from “Women as Companions” by Norma Cook Everist that appeared in the January/February 2004 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.