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Friday, March 19, 2010

Embrace Your Inner Girl

Ok, I've been watching a lot of TED lately. The one below is amazing. It's Eve Ensler's plea that the world stop suppressing the girl within all people and begin to embrace her. Even men.

Wait, what? Yes, even men have an inner girl - the part that is sensitive and compassionate, the part that sees the power of relationships before the power of authority. We haven't listened to the feminine voice within the church and we are guilty. We need to repent for the sin of obscuring half of God's creation, half of God's image in this world. If we really believe that humanity is created in the image of God, then femininity is half of that image.

Why don't we preach on the nurturing care of God? The mother-love language that God employs when he says he wants to gather Israel like a mother hen gathers her chicks? The feminine vision of wisdom found in Proverbs - God's wisdom personified in a woman.

If we could preach with the power and the passion of Eve Ensler . . . well, let's just say that the world would be a better place.


Rebecca said...

Because being a girl is scary. It's emotional and sometimes it's uncontrollable. It's irrational and wild.

James Wood said...

Her poem recitation made me want to be a girl when I grow up ;)