A few years ago, I wrote of God as She and Mother. I provided scriptural references that show God as female–Isaiah 46:3-4, 49:15 and Luke 13:34. Each of them depicts or describes the Spirit of God as female or mother.
I am able to think of God as Father. But thinking of God as a nurturing, defending, and loving Mother will likely remain my sentimental and loving favorite. God as Mother works most easily within my context. And if being able to know God within one’s own context is central to knowing God at all, perhaps God doesn’t care much about which gender we use when we think of God.
Maybe God cares more about our being capable of contributing to justice and remembering how deeply we are loved, actions that lead us to reflect that love here on earth.
This message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA blog by Inez Torres Davis. Today we remember Cyprian, bishop of Carthage, martyr, who died around 258.
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