Sunday, 8 August 2010

Insightful Woman

As we near National Women's Day in South Africa, I thought it would be appropriate to turn to some insightful wisdom from Teresa of Avila. She was a 16th century mystic, who had turned to Christ as a young woman. Bearing in mind that she was born into a noble family, her conversion would have cost her dearly. She wrote these powerful words:

"Let everyone understand that real love of God does not consist in tear-shedding, nor in that sweetness and tenderness for which we usually long, just because they console us, but in serving God in justice, fortitude of soul and humility."

She may have been inspired by Micah, who wrote:

"He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God."
- Micah 6:8

Have a blessed Women's Day!

Living in Grace,

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