I’m sharing a post today (anonymously, but with permission) from a dear friend. Thanks.
‘Today is International Women’s Day. Some of us gender outlaws can find this day a bit tricky, so here is my prayer for International Women’s Day:
For those of us who stand in the messy no-man’s-land of gender but endure violence aimed at our perceived womanhood
For those of us who battle our own bodies
For those of us who struggle to have our bodies taken seriously
For those of us for whom motherhood is a painful subject because of biology and society
For those of us who wrestle with masculine and feminine and what it means for us
For our dmab trans sisters who are murdered and persecuted and not having their womanhood acknowledged
For the bi and pan girls who swim in an estuary of sexuality
For those of us who can’t trust our own biology
For those of us who are square pegs in round holes
For those of us who live lives of being in-between, of never being enough but always being too much
For those of us who feel like strangers in the land of gender
For those of us who dip our toes in womanhood but aren’t brave enough to dive in
For those of us who feel God has rejected us
For those of us looking for our tribe
We hold fast to the knowledge that God is the God of the stranger and the strange, and that God’s radiance will light our path.
“You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love [them] as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.”
Leviticus 19:34 ESV” ‘
I think this prayer is honest, hopeful and humble. I’m thankful for all the women in my life.