Today was the wildly joyful wedding of two people who have and will bless this world.
The service lasted nearly three hours. That was amazing.
Also amazing was the fact that my eldest daughter Leah took the pulpit.
She read from the Hebrew bible the account of how it was God appeared to Moses in the burning bush. It is a tale that calls Moses to remember that God is in all places and it ends with a recounting of how it is God was present through the generations. All those named as God-companioned were, of course, men.
Except when Leah read it. She read the account with energy and meaning and it ended with the voice of God assuring Moses that God had been present to his mother and to her mother and to Sarah and to Rebecca and to Leah and to Rachel.
And I thought as I watched my daughter launch her heart into proclamation that for too long astute and powerful women have been subjected to a recounting of God’s story that does not include them.
I have known this. I have named the scriptural and traditional gender warp that has too often cast women as bit players. I have mourned the ongoing (still???) challenge it is to find hymnody or liturgy that is fully inclusive of women as Holy reflectors.
Today, I know the enormity of woman loss in a place deeper yet because my daughter took the pulpit and made the story her own.
Isn’t that what we are waiting for?
Isn’t that what it’s all about?
From generation to generation it is our story.
It’s time for the women to speak.