Friday, May 27, 2005

"Let Me Be A Woman"

Beautiful footprints from Elisabeth Elliot's book, "Let Me Be A Woman"

"The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian does make me a different kind of woman"
(chapter : God Sets No Traps)
"In order to learn what it means to be a woman, we must start with the One who made her"
(chapter : Not who am I? but Whose am I?)
"As an Eighth Century father, John of Damascus said, 'God is infinite and incomprehensible, and all that is comprehensible about Him is His infinity and incomprehensibility"
(chapter : Creation - Woman For Man)
"Creation has one of its fundamental themes the pattern of rule and submission. Power and passivity, ebb and flow, generativity and receptivity are but a few ways that these paired polarities have been described. The Chinese called them yin and yang and made the symbol of their religion a graphic representation of their interaction. Even the physical realm is founded on and held together by the positive and negative attraction of atomic particles. Everywhere the universe displays its division into pairs of interlocking opposites...
We know that this order of rule and submission is descended from the nature of God Himself. Within the Godhead there is both the just and legitimate authority of the Father and the willing and joyful submission of the Son. From the union of the Father and the Son proceeds a third personality, the Holy Spirit. He proceeds from them not as a child proceeds from the union of a man and woman, but rather as the personality of a marriage proceeds from the one flesh which is established from the union of two separate personalities.
Here, in the reflection of the nature of the Trinity in the institution of marriage is the key to the definition of masculinity and feminity. The image of God could not be fully reflected withou the elements of rule, submission and union."
(chapter: Masculine and Feminine)
(to be continued)

1 comment:

kakikopi said...

did you know, that the literal meaning of my name (not kakikopi) is 'woman'? dared not tell when i was younger.