Last month, I noted the fifth anniversary of this blog and asked you all to leave some comments introducing yourselves and letting me know what you wanted to talk about. I was really amazed to read what you wrote--what a wave of encouragement and perspective you left! I really wasn't trolling for compliments, but you kindly included those along with some great ideas for future blog posts (which I will tackle in the future). So thank you very much for taking the time to write and make Radical Womanhood feel a bit more personal.
Since that time, I've been thinking a lot about what you said. I'm glad to know that the wide variety of topics on this blog is actually interesting and maybe even helpful. That falls in line with something I've been mullling over for awhile: that we are actually people with varied interests, not just people who can be sorted by marital status or season of life. More importantly, in the church, we are disciples of Christ, and we have more in common because of that than we have in differences because of our marital status or season of life. When we slot ourselves in our churches, we can stifle true fellowship. We see each other by role, rather than by the way the disciple John knew himself to be: beloved of Christ. And I suspect that when we share that identity with John, we can be quick to urge others to see themselves in the same way.
As those who are dearly beloved, let us now celebrate the staggeringly rich truth of God! This is the prayer I have prayed for you all in recent days--and specifically offer today:
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 24-25)