What is man that you should be mindful of him ...?
What is Woman that you should be mindful of her...?
I believe, the General Synod of the Church of England this year had, 'What is woman?' for debate.
It would be wrong of a man to define, 'What is a woman?'
I have been mindful of one news today. It is the pure sense of joy at the victory of the England Football Team of Women.
My soul must have been in search of celebrating something and our amazing footballers lifted the spirits of the nation for the first time in over two or three years and in turn mine. What a delight and a joy!
As I rejoice at the triumph of these incredible women, how I wish and pray for the day when another group of women I am praying for, who are fighting for justice and truth elsewhere, would give me the news of their triumph over their adversary!
What is Woman that you should be mindful of her?
Today, I also read about the shortest day recently. On the 29th of June, the earth spun on its axis 1.59 millisecond less than 24 hours. There is plenty written about this. And I was thinking of where I was and what I was doing. Firstly, it was the Feast of St Peter and St Paul and secondly I was kindly invited to preach at the Festal Eucharist at Sheffield Cathedral. I was travelling on train from Aberdeen to Sheffield. I was met by Dean Abi and was treated for a wonderful Italian supper before the liturgy and preached on, 'Becoming and Being the Beloved.' It was a joy to spend the evening at the local with the wonderful people of God at the Cathedral.
It was the most memorable journey of discovery on the train from Aberdeen to Sheffield, contemplating with Peter and Paul, their own journey with Jesus, their Lord, Master and Saviour. Two most difficult men made captive to the love of their Lord is a story of transformation. The time between their first encounter and their intimate knowledge of Jesus is a journey of discovering that they are the beloved. We know from their lives that neither religion nor natural instincts helped them but the encounter with Jesus, day by day made them into 'the Beloved'.
Now I dare to locate myself on the shortest day in the Universe and discover the most incredible truth that, you and I, are the beloved of God.