Book Review of May She Have A Word With You

May She Have A Word With You?

Women as Models of How to Live

in the poems of Charles Wesley

with Commentary

By ST Kimbrough, Jr.

A Book Review and

Reflection

As The Third Way

    ST Kimbrough, Jr. presents a series of poems about women of his day who lived their lives in the words of Rabbi Abraham Heschel high lighting  the link between our life in this world and our state of preparedness for the next: “Unless one learns how to relish the taste of Sabbath while still in this world, unless one is initiated in the appreciation of eternal life, one will be unable to enjoy the taste of eternity in the world to come. 

    The banquet is served, the table overladen. But how can we enjoy the feast on the other side if we’ve never tasted it on this side?

    Jesus asks us today to taste the great feast,  to have the courage to love, one encounter at a time, and so be granted a foretaste of heaven.

    These women proclaim a “kerygmatic” role in proclaiming the  gospel,  hoping to lead others to Christ, through a role of presence, the majority of the time not involving words.

    Wesley gives them the roles of the priestly office in a time when their were no women priests.

    The witness of these women portrayed by Wesley are examples of THE THIRD WAY.

    The Third Way can best be illustrated in a story of two knights who get up each morning, eat breakfast and battle all day. One will win, one will lose or they simply come to a draw, but at the end of the day they sit down, eat a meal together, and fellowship together. They get up the next morning and fight another battle.

    We need to meet in the middle, letting go of our divisions, our cultural  views and stand on the Great Commandment of Jesus: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, soul, and mind, and thy neighbor as thy self,” and “Love your neighbor.”

    We put aside our cultural and political views, and meet in an attitude of care and love.

    Our country and society is a great melting pot of people, and all of us have different views. To call someone evil, or wrong from our view is  judging,and when we meet in a  non-judgement stance we let God judge and are free to communicate and care.

    W receive letters and social media all the time calling us evil, self-righteous, and a saint, where the majority do not care. People come through different cultural views, and our way of ministry is different to them, so they react.

    We meet our  youth, friends, people in general, and  donors where they are.  We make no judgments and have friends and supporters from all walks of life and every expression in this great melting pot.  

    We are called to love our neighbors, and like the ladies of Charles Wesley’s book  fight our battles, and then join together in a feast at the end remembering and living  the words of Jesus  (Matthew 25:34-36, New Living Translation):

Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you fed me. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick and you cared for me. I was in prison and you visited me. .”

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Father River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

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