I have been blessed by all the comments of men and women who shared over the past few weeks regarding the Wounded Image of God.(if you haven’t, swing on by to the post to read the comments…you’ll be moved). To be honest, the response has surprised me. It was a post I had to write for myself as I reflected on a moment that moved me deeply. But the response points to how deep this wounding is and how desperate we are for healing to take place. Your words have embedded deeply in my heart. Thank you.
In that vein of thankfulness and sharing with you the continuing conversation, please allow me to direct you to the places where, indeed, the conversation has continued.
So in no particular order, complete with links and soundbite, here is part of the continuing conversation around the Wounded Image of God:
The Wounded Image of God: Evangelical Lamentations on Gender, by Bridget Jack Meyers. “Usually this issue makes me feel angry and resentful. Today it doesn’t. Today I just feel sorry, sorry for all of the churches out there who struggle to reach out to the people of this world having willfully dulled half the tools God gave them for doing so. And for once in my life, I don’t want to fight about it. I just want to forgive, and be forgiven.“
- Over at The Matt Scott, Matt pens: “I am instead advocating a higher level of conversation with the other, an deeper desire of understanding of the other, and an attempt to find a common ground for growth with the other.”
- Amy, over at Walking in the Spirit, touched a little on Jeff’s reflection saying, “it had me misty-eyed and deeply touched.”
- “I can’t speak for all men, but I can speak as a man. And to the women who might read this post…as a man, I ask you to forgive me for all the times I was insensitive to you or thought of you as less than I….I ask you to forgive me.” This is just a TASTE of Jeff’s reflection and plea for forgiveness. A must Read!!
- “I believe that God can reorient the whole world from one of inequality to one of equality and I believe God wants you and me to help.” You can thank Kim for this gem, read her thoughts here.
- Reina shares from here experience: “Growing up, being a girl was shoved in my face at every turn. Having five brothers only made the delineation between what was ‘allowed’ more obvious. Some of the limitations were cultural. Most were religious. When I went away to a strict boarding academy in high school, the lines were even more obvious.” [read more]
- From across the pond, Dave writes: “Some wonderful news from America as we see some light at the end of the tunnel.”
- Rachel, an Anglican theological student simply called it a beautiful testimony.
- Among other well written things, Jonathan calls for men to step up: “For all of us, it is time to end this oppression against women so restore not for their sake but for ours as well. And when we do we can rediscover the whole image of humanity and of God in our midst.” Read this one!!
- Kathy (who never uses capital letters…wink, wink) writes, “beautiful thoughts from some friends about women in ministry – thanks, guys, for your heart, your actions, your support.”
- For days Heidi pondered of few of these posts, and then said: “This is an area I’ve been very damaged in myself, and I know others who have been as well. It is a very deep wound, and needs to be healed. There are times I realize how very deep the damage goes, and I wonder if I will every be able to ‘be myself.’”