As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world. Virginia Woolf
Meditation: Today is Virginiga Woolf’s 134th birthday. She died in 1941 in England. She was a woman and author whose emancipated views speak into our times. The women’s marches that are happening in the US at this time are protest marches to oppose our current government’s and president’s behavior and their sexist, racist, chauvinistic and xenophobic attitudes that poison America’s national and international politics. American women are breaking the silence and are speaking up in the “Me too” movement. The global experience of women’s experience of sexual harassment, assault and rape is being openly named. The shame and silence of female victims too frightened to talk is being overcome collectively. The power of women’s stories of oppression and sexual exploitation are speaking loudly against all forms of male dominating oppression. Women all over the world are listening to the stories of sexual oppression that are suddenly being told through microphones and in front of large crowds. “Me too” is an amazingly bold movement of women speaking up. Women overcoming shame and victimization. Women coming out. Women no longer remaining silent about the many times they have been victims of sexual objectification. And this experience is global. This speaking out of women might not look powerful right now. But how often in history have grass root movements brought about real change. The “Me too” movement will eventually have a worldwide impact. It speaks truth to power!
Prayer: God, in Jesus You are the one hanging naked on the cross saying “Me too”. You know the experience of being assaulted, of being shamed and victimized. You are the voice of truth that reveals all hidden injustice. You are the power of resurrection that overcomes the deepest shame. Your Spirit does not allow victims to be buried forever, but empowers those who were meant to be silenced or killed to rise. And collectively the women in the US are rising. For all the world to see. For all women around the globe to hear. No! Sexism, racism, chauvinism and all other forms of oppression will not have the final word. Amen
Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power. 1. Corinthians 6:14