” Valued “

(Read Luke 1:18-25)

Luke is the gospel of women. He tells more stories about more women than any of the other gospel writers, and he give the name of many of them. He begins his gospel with the name of a couple-an old man and an old woman, Zechariah and Elizabeth. All her life, Elizabeth had wanted a child. Now in her old age, her dream was coming true. Now ” The Lord has done this for me,” she said. ” In these days He has shown His favor and taken away my disgrace among the people. ”

In many parts of the world, including our own, being old, and especially an old woman, means being (invisible). In her book The Desert Blooms, Sarah-Patten Boyle recounts the terrible pain she experienced when, after a full and rewarding life in which she was recognized as a complete person, she came to be treated as a non-entity-because people saw only her gray hair, they considered her of no value. The Desert Blooms also tells about her courageous journey out of resulting depression and despair.

The good news of the gospel is that as women-even gray-haired women- we are not only valued by God, but our names are also recorded in His history, and we may play a (pivotal) role in the working out of God’s purpose. -Mary Ruth Howes-

Prayer:

Thank You, Father, that you count even our gray hairs, that our name is important to you, and that You continue to have a place for us. Amen!! Amen!!

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