13 May Sermon Snap Shot May 12, 2019
So what do we make of Paul’s mention of all of these women and his gratitude for the significant contributions that they have made to the church in Rome and elsewhere?
Well, we know that the Bible was written in a patriarchal culture, one dominated by men where women, for the most part, were treated like they would be in places like Saudi Arabia today. “Stay indoors. Tend to the children. And keep your perspectives to yourself.”
And yet in the early church, Romans 16 serves as an important reminder of the substantive, multi-faceted role played by many women in establishing and building churches around the Mediterranean. In some cases, they worked alongside their spouses. In other cases, they worked with siblings or alongside Paul. And on occasion, they were one-woman operations. Their contributions were numerous and, at times, resulted in them paying the ultimate price that we usually ascribe to men: martyrdom.
From the beginning of time God has endowed all women with the “magic” to be miracle workers. In many cases, this will include fulfilling the miraculous task of bringing new life into the world. But a woman’s magic doesn’t begin or end with childbirth. We see this magic at work in women everyday…
in the hospital,
in the classroom,
in the board room,
on the parade ground,
on the ball field,
around the dinner table, and
at the bedside.
Women, God’s multi-dimensional miracle workers, doing their thing: healing, creating, building, teaching, providing, protecting, inspiring, leading.
So today, let us all thank God for the women in our lives who have been mothers to us over the years, the women whose “magic” continues to be experienced throughout our communities and our world in the most beautiful ways.
From Sunday, May 12 message based on Romans 16:1-16, “Women: God’s Multi-Dimensional Miracle Workers”
Rev. Lane Glaze
Waters Edge UMC