The King’s daughter glorious within

May 6, 2015

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This week’s topic was selected before the birth of England’s Princess Charlotte, but it does make a timely subject — especially with Mother’s Day approaching!

     The Bible stories this week address different aspects of womanhood — from the good advice given by Abigail to King David (women in their role as wives); to the nurturing and support by the women disciples of Jesus (women in their role as mothers); to the helpful works and good deeds of the women in the early Christian church (women in their role as “daughters” of God). There is the famous quote from Genesis 2 about woman being an “help meet” for man, but in these stories, women aren’t subservient — they are the ones who comfort and uplift man. (And yes, the gender roles are reversed in the last story!)
     Now, I will put on my Librarian’s hat, and ask if you are familiar with the Bible translations that are available for free on the internet. For example, I was perplexed by one of the Bible verses from Jeremiah 31:22 — “…the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.”  Was this a reference to Israel (woman) and her citizens (man)? A sexual metaphor? The Virgin Birth?  According to Bible Gateway, the meaning of the word “compass” in Hebrew is uncertain, so different translations and paraphrases used different words, such as:
“A woman will protect a man.” International Standard Version
“A woman will surround a man.” The Voice
Here is the link to Bible Gateway if you wish to look up more versions:
However, I love how Mrs. Eddy describes this concept of coincidence, “divinity embracing humanity.” Science and Health, p. 561:17.
I hope you enjoy these readings celebrating the womanhood and motherhood in all of us!
We’ve had some beautiful outdoor services in this glorious weather.  During Sunday’s service, a skywriter wrote TRUST above our heads.  Tonight, we’ll provide the lawn chairs and music, so I hope you can join us!

Comments from a reader – Thought provoking notes you sent …

Just off the cuff from reading your email –  get the sense that “compass” a man could possibly give the sense of “having their back.”

Most men are strong, powerful, surging forth in their world meeting challenges on a daily basis.

Of course now women do the same.

But most men don’t have that “soft” side – the motherly, comforting side women provide which to me is one reason men seek/need women in their lives to “soften” their day, comfort their hearts, soothe their mind (thoughts/concerns) and bodies.

This is just me off the cuff from what I read below.

Definitions for “compass” on the internet use words such as: An instrument determining direction; Moderate bounds; Something about direction

Maybe that is some of what of women do for men – help them focus, feel nurtured while they are fighting daily battles in their work environment. But what I get is that it has a lot to do with nurturing and comforting.

Thanks for the notes about tonight’s readings.

Comments from another reader –

Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him. 

for he is such a son of Belial,    LOL   I know what that meant. Ha ha!

Other good choices regarding coincidence:

Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power.

 Reviewing this brief experience, I cannot fail to discern the coincidence of the spiritual idea of man with the divine Mind. 

The woman in the Apocalypse symbolizes generic man, the spiritual idea of God; she illustrates the coincidence of God and man as the divine Principle and divine idea.

Very good! Thank you. Enjoyed your reading selections!

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