Sisterhood. It’s a word I hear a lot. A word I love.
“Sisterhood” is simply a group of women linked together by a common denominator.
To my Christian Social Justice Sisters,
I am so grateful for you. I am so grateful for your hearts, your minds, your existence.
Mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, friends, soulmates.
I am thankful for you who fight for equality, who speak out against injustice, who bind up the wounds of the broken and hurting, who stand for the abused, who preach and teach, who blog about current events regarding women and women of color, who fight the war against injustice on social media, who empower other women, who speak up for justice for the oppressed, and who boldly fight against a world system trying to silence and limit you for being a woman.
I admire the deep love, care, concern, compassion, mercy, and empathy you express by advocating for justice in all areas. I understand the emotional exhaustion, mental weariness, and the price you pay for speaking out. Many of you have lost family, close friends, churches, husbands, communities. Many of you continue to fight even when you are constantly being told to stop, to be quiet, to submit. I honor and respect you for your courage and your tenacity.
Your gifts of mercy, compassion, and love for others are strong gifts from the Holy Spirit – they are not weaknesses.
Many of you have been abused, have been used, have been violated, myself included. Many of you have endured things I cannot even imagine at the hands of fathers, cousins, brothers, uncles, and husbands and still you fight, you don’t back down, and you speak out. I celebrate you, I sorrow for you, I feel your pain and hate it with you.
You are my heroes. You are my sisters in arms. You are women I aspire to be more like, women I admire, women I respect. I love our sisterhood of like-minded women. Strong, brave, bold, courageous. This is who we are and no one can take that away from us.
Continue speaking out. Don’t back down. Continue advocating, marching, preaching, teaching, leading, picketing, training, and being YOU.
We are doing Kingdom work. We are setting captives free. We are bringing hope and healing to a broken, wounded world.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”