Woman, I have delighted in you.
Woman, I have made my home in you.
So why not soar?
This verse reminds us of the women Jesus interacted with in the gospels. You can probably recall the story of one or more of these women
- Mary, Jesus’ mother
- Mary Magdalene, apostle and witness of the resurrection
- Syro-Phoenician woman with the possessed daughter
- Woman with the flow of blood
- 12-year old girl on the brink of death
- Samaritan woman at the well
- Women at the cross
- Women at the empty tomb
- Woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and dried them with her hair.
- Peter’s mother-in-law, whom Jesus healed
Become one of the women. Where is she? What is she doing? How does she feel when Jesus comes near? Does she talk to him? What does she say?
Now say Jesus’ words to her, the three lines from the poem above. Can she hear his love, his respect? How does she feel? How will Jesus make his home in her? If this woman were to become a flower upon hearing Jesus’ words, what flower would she be? How does her beauty affect the world around her?
You are the woman Jesus is addressing. He adorns you, delights in you, makes his home
in you. How does this change your life? How can you not love the person Jesus loves and delights in?
Breathe in and picture the beautiful woman or man you are. Breathe out and thank God for your beauty. Breathe this way until you feel beautiful and cherished and ready to soar. Soar gently towards the sky. Look at the world where you walk every day. Picture yourself blooming in that world.
Give thanks for all the beautiful women in your life.