Daily Archives: February 19, 2007

Women and Spirituality 3

As part of my personal interest study for the Spiritual Direction program, I attended a seminar on Sexuality and Spirituality at Queen’s House in Saskatoon.  Kathy and Ivan Hitchings facilitated the seminar and as they did so exemplified the material taught – a wonderful relationship of equality and respect grounded in God.

 

The creation story grew in the retelling and became alive and relevant.  As we were told, “We need to reclaim our creation story.  We are co-responsible with God to protect the dignity of all having been given a responsibility for others and for the earth.”  We looked at this story for the foundations it gives to our sexuality and to our need for relationship.  

 

As part of my personal interest study for the Spiritual Direction program, I attended a seminar on Sexuality and Spirituality at Queen’s House in Saskatoon.  Kathy and Ivan Hitchings facilitated the seminar and as they did so exemplified the material taught – a wonderful relationship of equality and respect grounded in God.

 

The creation story grew in the retelling and became alive and relevant.  As we were told, “We need to reclaim our creation story.  We are co-responsible with God to protect the dignity of all having been given a responsibility for others and for the earth.”  We looked at this story for the foundations it gives to our sexuality and to our need for relationship.  

 

The first story relates how God has placed humans in the created world as male and female and the only part of creation made in the image of God.  Our task is to care for the world because God loves this good creation.

 

The second story is told from a slightly different perspective – to teach us something fundamental about God and people.  This part of the story tells how Adam comes from the land itself and how Eve comes from the life of Adam.  Apparently there are many word plays is the story that reflect the new relationship that Moses has with God, among them rib meaning life and Eve meaning giver of life.  This story tells a story full of the dignity of woman – a contrast to the view of women in the Canaanite culture around the Israelite people.  As one comes from the other, males and females are called back into unity through marriage.  This part of the story shows the relationship between humans and the earth God created: the role as namers and caregivers, the bond that unites man and woman and the intimate relationship they have with God.  We also see how the break in the relationship with God comes about and how this disrupts all parts of God’s creation.  People now are subject to death, begin to know shame, and make their own decisions without the benefit of the wisdom and vision of their creator.  

 

The retelling of the creation stories in these ways gave me a fresh look at the amazing relationship between God and the world and a new appreciation for who I am as a woman; created in God’s image, meant to be in healthy relationships including the healthy relationship I have with Leo as my husband.  

 

So here we are, two equal individuals, who find our fullest relationship in being helpers to each other, in being united in this relationship of marriage.  The commitment to each other opens us up to becoming more complete as the people God created us to be.  And it is a mystery – becoming more complete as you give of yourself to another and receive back.  

 

I cannot (and should not try to) understand my spirituality without accepting my womanhood as an integral part of my being, who I was created to be and a creation about whom God said was “excellent in every way.” Gen. 1:31 (NLT)

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