“Georgia, Georgia on my mind. All the roads lead up to you.” Like an old sweet song, the words come through, sweet and clear like moonlight through the pines.

I see WOW! seminars as a process in my faith journey.  They are a revelation from the Lord that comes through like moonlight through the pines.

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice. He heard my cry for mercy.  Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live (Ps 116:1-2).

These words sound like Hannah's. At our October seminar, Dr. Milton Eng, a Hebrew Bible scholar, remarked that in Jewish tradition some believe that Hannah actually taught David how to pray.

Didn’t the Lord hear her cry?  Turn his ear to her and show her mercy?
Hannah had been barren. She prayed.  God heard.  A year later she gave birth to Samuel, a great prophet of Israel.

Dr. Eng invited us to look at contrasts in the passage. Eli, the priest, thought Hannah was drunk the way she prayed.  The way I see it, she prayed from the heart.  Eli apparently wasn’t familiar with this way of praying.  Serving in the temple, he was probably used to formulaic and written prayers.  Nothing wrong with that, but it's not the only way to pray.  For some, prayer is a supplement to the way of the world, while for others, like Hannah, it is an alternative.  The way of Hannah is a road that leads to Jesus, the One who came to give voice to the voiceless and to show mercy to those who suffer. 

In this year of chaos, hurricanes, and suffering of all magnitudes, we take solace and comfort in knowing that God still speaks to us and is eager for us to do the same.

~Ted Huck 

 

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Ted is Presbyterian deacon, Giants fan and an avid supporter of WOW! who has participated in our seminars and silent retreats. Reading books, the newspaper and Scripture are his favorite past times.

Made for One Another

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From the removal of Confederate heroes to Mayor DiBlasio’s not being invited to the Columbus Day parade, statues have been making headlines. Currently there is movement afoot to erect statues of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in Central Park, because not one female statute of a real woman exists among the 23 statues of men.  

In the Ancient Near East, kings placed their image, via statues, in different parts of their realm to mark off their territory.  But God had a much more ingenious and enduring way of leaving his image on the earth. He created man and woman, in the image of God he created them (Gen 1:27).  Notice it’s not either/or, but both/and.  God made us in his image, because God is communal at heart.  In turn, as God's image bearers, men and women, are to reflect God’s heart by the way we relate to one another and engage the world.  

God made us for one another.  To be partners.  To be team players.  To demonstrate a way of living that reflects our Triune God, who acts and exists inperfect community.

Seeing women lead and advance God’s reign blesses both men and women.  That is why this autumn we are proud to present gifted brothers teaching on women leaders in the Bible.  That is why all our ministries are open to both men and women.  To emphasize our togetherness. For we are incomplete without the other.

~ Grace