At my wedding shower a friend gave me a home-made card, welcoming me to the sorority of married women. Today I was thinking about the sorority of PWs. We are a diverse group, yet unified by our love and obedience to our Savior. In this issue of Peter’s Wife, Kim shares her prayer for the members of the Oaks of Righteousness group with us.
“This morning I was praying for you and all the places that you live.
You live with the tribal peoples, walking dirt paths, living without
heat, water, amenities. Disease is always a threat in your life.
You are loving the loveless, the forgotten, the trampled, the
hurting, the rich, the poor, the young, the old.
You live in the big city, lots of people, noise, pollution. Noise is
your constant companion and you hardly can find a place for
silence and solitude.
You live in former war torn or soviet occupied countries. The grip
of the “motherland” still influences every day life and ways of
thinking. You may never be accepted here since you come from
America, the land of the free, resented because of your freedom
and wealth. You deal with rejection every day.
You live in the equator zone- heat is your constant companion.
And the bugs, flies, etc. Your body longs for a cool respite from
the heat. A nice long vacation in a cooler location!
You live in the North where summer is short and the winter is long.
The snow just melted, but will be back before you know it. You
own more fleece, down, and long underwear than ever before in your life.
Walks in the park and days in the sun are savored
because the dark of winter will soon return. Far too soon.
You work with a team. This is a love/hate relationship. You love
having people around you to care for you, to fellowship with. But
hopes and expecations are often dashed.
You work alone. How you long for a team! The pain of never having
anyone to talk to about life and ministry is an ache that cannot be
You speak the language.
You don’t speak the language.
You dress like the nationals.
You dress like a westerner.
You are married.
You are single.
You are a mother.
You are childless.
We are diverse.
We are not cookie cutter people.
We are complex and wonderfully so!
We are unique.
We are gifted!
We are strong, even when we are weak.
Jesus alone is our unity and peace maker.
Though our lives be so different, we all still need to be loved,
accepted, cared for.
Lord, give us the eyes to see our sisters ministering for you in
foriegn fields with your eyes, your love, your compassion, your
grace. Your acceptance.
Pour out your love amongst us. Don’t let the enemy tear us apart.
Bring us together in you.
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Has it been a while since you prayed for other PWs? Why not pray for others you know or have only heard about? Reach out with a note, an email, a call.