Sometimes, God, I need you to be my sister. It is so much more common to think of you as father, brother, king, warrior. But there are times when I need from you what only a sister can give.
You know the ways I have grown and struggled, and you still love me. You celebrate my victories. You weep with me when I am burdened by grief, when I yearn to be whole and hopeful. You call me to be my best.
You have given me your stories. And if I listen, I hear you offering me new perspectives, helping reflect on my life. You are with me, Sister God, in the holy food you offer at your table.
You are here, in the flesh, when I need you. You have surrounded me with sisters-in-the-making. Such gifts these sisters are to me. Open me to their presence. Teach me to see your face and heart in them.
This message was adapted from “My Sisters, My Friends” by Catherine Malotky that appeared in the January/February 2004 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine. Today we remember Johann Sebastian Bach (1750), Heinrich Schutz (1672), and George Frederick Handel (1759), musicians.