As women, we measure ourselves against a social construct that few, if any, can attain. Just how many hours in the gym would it require every day to sculpt our bodies?
As communal beings, we test our value and worth with each other, gauging our position in the social hierarchies of our families, our communities or our church.
God, you assure us of our value to you, that no one among us is favored above the other.
How might we be freed to be ourselves, sure in our worth, our place with you and the boundless gifts in each other? Might we begin to create the Beloved Community we so long for, where everyone has a place and all are welcome and loved regardless of beauty or talent or color or class?
Gracious God, teach us to release our fears of not being enough, in spite of the messages that surround us.
This message is an excerpt from “One in Christ,” the Amen! column by Catherine Malotky, in the March 2017 issue of Gather magazine. Today we remember Harriet Tubman, who died in 1913; and Sojourner Truth, who died in 1883; renewers of society.