Reflection on Ecclesiastes 3:1-4
Just a few days ago, all over the news and on Social Media we were reminded of it being International Women’s day. It is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.
During the time of celebration we also were reminded of just how far we have to go until we can truly celebrate. Erin Andrews, a sports reporter, was in the midst of a lawsuit dealing with someone peeping on her in a hotel room. It was a horrendous story to follow and a heartbreaking thing to hear her have to relive.
So which is it? Do we really want to celebrate woman and their achievement or do we want to view women as objects? The New york Times ran a story yesterday on other female sportscasters and the fear they often feel in public. It is out of control. We need a reset.
the scripture this morning from Ecclesiastes 3 is a reminder that there is a time for everything. In verse 4 it says there is :
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
It is time to cry. Cry about how we continue to objectify women. How we tell our young girls growing up that their worth is determined by how they dress, flirt, and look. Sure we might not really say that but too often it is the reality that they are shown.
It is a time to grieve. Grieve over dreams lost or never pursued because the dreamer is “just a girl”. We need to grieve the hopelessness that so many women feel as they see male colleagues promoted faster or paid more.
Is it time to laugh?
Is it time to dance?
It will be on the day when men stand up and say enough. It will be on the day when the followers of Jesus Christ open the pulpits of all size churches large and small to our sisters in Christ. It will be when ever little girl knows her value is not based on anything other than the fact she is a child of god and she is perfect just as she is.
Oh what dancing we will do.