When God created women, God put something in us that was exhibiting itself within that parable of the widow and the unjust judge—persistence. In the parable, maybe Jesus was saying, “Go deeper within yourself. God has given you a double portion of determination, a double portion of resilience, a double portion of perseverance. You can do anything that you put your heart to do.”
If all of us will just reach down and realize that double portion within ourselves, we’ll do wonders, and we’ll not be seen as weak. We’ll be seen as the most powerful people in the world.
This message is adapted from “Persistence and Peace” written by Leymah Gbowee in the January/February 2005 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.Today we remember Lydia, Dorcas, and Phoebe, witnesses to the faith.
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