March 19, 2022
The month of March is Women’s History Month, and we are glad to join in the celebration! Fittingly, tomorrow’s focus for Rev. Chris is the Divine Feminine.
In thinking about the divine feminine, I’m reminded of the prominence in the Christian scriptures of the presence and effect of Sophia, or Wisdom. Despite the often patriarchal cast of much of Christian theology, wisdom typically is portrayed as female – and as powerful, creative, and omnipresent. To see this for yourself, look at the Book of Proverbs, Chapter 3, verses 13-18, where we are told:
Happy are those who find wisdom,
and those who get understanding,
for her income is better than silver,
and her revenue better than gold.
She is more precious than jewels,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
those who hold her fast are called happy.
Elsewhere in Proverbs Chapter 8, Wisdom tells us that she was with God at the beginning of creation, “beside him, like a master worker”, and was present as he shaped the mountains, the skies, the sea. Similarly, the Book of Sirach, found in the Apocrypha, tells us in Chapter 24 that wisdom “dwelt in the highest heaven” and “for all the ages . . . shall not cease to be.”
In the Wisdom of Solomon, also contained in the Apocrypha, Wisdom is “the fashioner of all things.” In Chapter 7, the author goes on to say:
There is in her a spirit that is
unique, manifold, subtle,
mobile, clear, unpolluted,
distinct, invulnerable, loving the good,
keen, irresistible, beneficent, humane, steadfast,
sure, free from anxiety, all-powerful, overseeing all,
and penetrating through all spirits that are
intelligent, pure, and altogether subtle.
She is a breath of the power of God.
Strong, loving, merciful, compassionate. Isn’t it fabulous that such amazing attributes are ascribed to the feminine? These are relational attributes, and are not simply the assertion of power over others, or strength that can manipulate others. Wisdom is powerful and life-giving in part because she is relational – giving life, creating and sustaining growth, awakening, and connection.
As we move through Women’s History Month, let’s share our own perceptions of those attributes, perhaps traditionally called feminine, that we all possess and which make all our lives richer.
You will find Sunday, March 20th service, The Divine Feminine: Who is She? here.