Startling Examples

( by Janet L. Moore- 7/5/12)

Lord you gave us women
Startling examples of every view
From palace to slave quarters
We can freely take our cue
From lovely Queen Esther
To Lot’s wretched wife
Help us O Saviour
To wisely make our choice

Many righteous women
Have boldly staked their claim
Willingly serving you
With no thought to selfish gain
Confident & empowered women
Women whose actions are informed
Directed by Your enduring Word
Faithful, powerful women of God

Father, as we sojourn here
On this fair and blessed isle
Faced with many challenges
Consumed with fear and dread
Overwhelmed with inadequacies
Remind us to cling to you instead
And like the young queen Esther
Know that our hour is now

Although you made us different
Remind us we are as one
At different ages and stages
You still expect our best
From Self-centeredness to selflessness
Guided by the Great Potter’s hand
From glory onto glory
Empowered by Your grace

Help us learn from dear Sarah
Not to thwart Your perfect plan
By taking things into our own hand
Lest we produce families & nations
Entrapped in violence and pain
Producing offsprings who are insane
Killing and maiming endlessly
To assuage their aching hearts

Teach us to love the Magnalenes
Who hearken to your call of love
And willingly bowed down & turn
From Harlot to faithful follower
Not too proud to kiss your feet
No willing heart will you despise
Who gladly on you rely
Who in humility earnestly comply

Empower us with your truth
Freely and liberally provided
So like the woman at the well
We will leave our past behind
Ignoring the ever present troubles
Running to tell all we meet
Of a man who sees our very souls
The Messiah the Lord of glory

Lord you gave us women
Startling examples of every view
From palace to slave quarters
We can freely take our cue
From lovely Queen Esther
To Lot’s wretched wife
Help us O Saviour
To wisely make our choice

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