17.4.23: A woman’s song

Rublev’s famous icon showing the three Angels being hosted by Abraham at Mambré (Wikimedia).

Yesterday morning, while I was waiting and listening in silence, a realisation came to me so forcibly that I had to start noting it down immediately. Morning became afternoon, then evening, then night, as I worked to express what I had seen and understood. Today’s blog is the most difficult piece I’ve ever had to write.

Humankind was created as God’s reflection: in the divine image God created them; female and male, God made them (Genesis 1:27; TIB).

We can’t exclude the feminine
From God,
For if we could,
“Our” God would not be whole.

We’ve tried (how some have tried!)
To claim we can,
But if we could,
“Our” God would not be All.

We can’t deny the feminine
In men,
For when we try,
Our men are incomplete.

We can’t deny God lives
In womankind,
And when we try,
We wound each woman’s soul.

So, till we seek the feminine
In all,
Our faith falls short:
“Our” God is far too small.

We are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

Your immortal spirit is in every one of them (Wisdom of Solomon 12:1; GNTA).


The Almighty …blesses you with blessings of the skies above, blessings of the deep springs below, blessings of the breast and womb (Genesis 49:25; NIV).

Christ is all, and is in all (Colossians 3:11; NIV).

There is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; RSV).

All of you are equal as brothers and sisters (Matthew 23:8; NLT).

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

God is so great – higher than the heavens, higher than the farthest stars (Job 22:12; NLT). 

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

There is one Savior, one faith, one baptism, one God and Creator of all, who is over all, who works through all and is within all (Ephesians 4:5-6; TIB).

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2 thoughts on “17.4.23: A woman’s song

  • I love this icon. At St Patrick’s in Dumbarton, an art historian ran evening meetings where she’d explain religious icons.
    This was my favourite. The viewer, us, being the unseated guest at the table, invited to share.
    At the time my life was seriously unsettled and we were given postcards of each icon she explained. I kept this in my home. After we meditated in prayer. I loved those Thursday evenings.
    Hope you’re well xxx

    • Yes. I love it too – so much so that I have two different versions of it on my shrine. Do you miss those Thursday evenings? It sounds like a wonderful course, an experience you’ve never forgotten xxxxx

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