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A Rose

Submitted by Margaret on Mon, 12/21/2020 - 08:48

God gave me a rose,
A delicate thing and beautiful,
Trembling in the breath of God,
Tearful in the showered rain.
 
God gave me a rose,
A bloom to nurture, love, and hold,
So fragile in form and air,
With roots clinging to the Lord.
 
I prayed for a flower,
And God in grace gave me you
To cultivate in loving soil
And steady as a cane in growing.
 
God gave me a rose,
And lo you came in a garland,
Rosy in the summer sun,
Eternal as the written word.

Crossing Age and Gender Barriers

Submitted by Margaret on Fri, 12/18/2020 - 15:13

Years back, a close friend candidly shared her intent to befriend only married women with children the same age as hers. At the time I was single and childless. With unshaking confidence and moral certainty, an egalitarian told me, “We’re a church of forty, and we’re all under forty.” Had I been looking for a church family, my age would have been a painful barrier. I wish comments like this were rare, but they’re not.

She Leads with Confidence: Profile of a Pastor at Midlife

Submitted by Margaret on Fri, 12/18/2020 - 14:36

I met the Reverend Karen Miller in June of 2017 at the end of the first service I attended at Church of the Savior, the Anglican church where Karen is associate rector. During that service, for the first time in my life, I sang a hymn with pronouns revised to include women and men and heard a sermon preached by a woman.

In Sickness, Never Health: A Mutual Marriage

Submitted by Margaret on Fri, 12/18/2020 - 11:56

Choosing a marriage partner is hard. Certainty that your loved one will treat you as an equal ought to be a given, but we all know that not every church teaches the importance or even legitimacy of egalitarian marriage, of a true partnership of equals. How could I be assured, a sick wheelchair user at thirty-eight and starting over, that this was as important to the man proposing on his knees in my kitchen as it was to me?