|Honoring Women--Part I
An outline of a speech given by Luther to a gathering
I wish to thank you all tonight...
for your receptiveness...
--openness to receive the Holy Spirit
--to say "Not my will but Thine be done."
--Mary's receptiveness led to the Incarnation.
--you listen carefully, especially with the inner ear.
for your surrender...
--Your ability to say "yes" to the Lord
--Also, when He says "No"
--such a yielded grace and submission to His will.
--Some part of you is not so inclined to win
"Me" isn't so important as "we"
Trusting the process
--allowing life to flow
--trusting that goodness will overcome evil in the end
--being okay with "not knowing"
--Not a lot of resistance
For coming from a place of love and not power
--you are a healing presence
--a softness that warms and unites
For "staying with" a relationship
--especially during times of hurts, disagreement, and anger
--Staying connected is more important than separating
--the great gift of being able to move toward suffering and
sorrow with mercy and gentleness.
--aware, attuned, responsive to another's feelings
For a "knowing" that comes through intuition rather
--a resonating quality
--insisting that something needs to be addressed though
unable to give clarity through understanding and words.
For the capacity to be fully present in the moment
--Not just the head, but also the soul and heart
--Attuned to the inner life as well as outer
For holding me long enough in life to bring me back
At the crossroads--always showing up
A tuning fork in the environment
Rhythmic, erotic, beautiful
--something mysterious to the masculine
--the Pahna (dark side of the moon)
Practical, helpful, especially in meeting physical needs of
--willing to do the "dirty" jobs gracefully
Links from this page:
Honoring Women: Part II