Listen Women. Are You Strong Enough to Stay???

Posted: April 19, 2017 in World On The Edge

There are women who stay the course when things don’t go as they expected.These women are beautiful and plain, young and old. They are loving women who do not give up. There are many of them, but they do not carry attention-getting signs so they often go unnoticed.

These women do not destroy. They create. They do not cause disruption. They effect peace. They do not hang to some slogan created by someone who wants power only for themselves. These women are not self-serving. They serve others by choice. And they will NOT be used.

They are the women who choose to raise strong families committed to God. They are women whose children or husbands become ill and become dependent upon them. They are women who may be so hurt by the actions of a family member that they are tempted to give up and leave. Yet they don’t leave. They stand strong because they believe in a higher purpose. They are principled women who adhere to life and their place in it.

They are fighters. It is generosity that bolsters them, and genuine love is their weapon.

These women may pray change will come. But if change does not come, they are courageous enough to change themselves enough to face their situations. They make themselves even stronger. They straighten their backs, tuck in their tummies, and lift their chins. They do not back down from the promises they have made. They walk toward those who would ridicule and demean their purposes, and like warriors, they challenge them.

These are the women strong enough to stay.

If an singer/songwriter wanted to make a statement about women who stay, it couldn’t be better than this one.

Lyrics to “Mary” by Patty Griffin

Mary you’re covered in roses, you’re covered in ashes
You’re covered in rain
You’re covered in babies, you’re covered in slashes
You’re covered in wilderness, you’re covered in stains
You cast aside the sheet, you cast aside the shroud
Of another man, who served the world proud
You greet another son, you lose another one
On some sunny day and always stay, Mary

Jesus says Mother I couldn’t stay another day longer
Flies right by and leaves a kiss upon her face
While the angels are singin’ his praises in a blaze of glory
Mary stays behind and starts cleaning up the place

Mary she moves behind me
She leaves her fingerprints everywhere
Everytime the snow drifts, everytime the sand shifts
Even when the night lifts, she’s always there

Jesus said Mother I couldn’t stay another day longer
Flies right by and leaves a kiss upon her face
While the angels are singin’ his praises in a blaze of glory
Mary stays behind and starts cleaning up the place

Mary you’re covered in roses, you’re covered in ruin
You’re covered in secrets
Your’re covered in treetops, you’re covered in birds
who can sing a million songs without any words
You cast aside the sheets, you cast aside the shroud
of another man, who served the world proud
You greet another son, you lose another one
on some sunny day and always stay
Mary, Mary, Mary.

 

Comments
  1. Anni H. says:

    This is such a great reminder of the work Mary did (and continues to do) in her role as part of Salvation History… while I was reading this (before you tied it in to Mary), I was thinking of St. Joan of Arc! She was not only strong enough to stay, but also strong enough to lead!

    Awesome post!

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  2. Jeanie Egolf says:

    Love this! I also, immediately thought of Joan of Arc and her battle-cry-type courage. But patience, just staying the course, trusting in God’s Will: all those take a courage and a strength of their own.

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    • kph52013 says:

      Hi Jeanie. Sorry to be late in responding. You’re right, for women to move the world forward (and they most certainly do) there is a need for both battle-cry courage and a quiet, steady trust, which is what gives impetus to courage anyway.

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