The Thousandth Women

Kipling’s poem “The Thousandth Man” rephrases Solomon’s dour and somewhat mysogynistic insights as a treatise on the rarity of true, deep friendship.

Yet in Jesus’ mortal life, those who were most loyal to Him were women.

They kept their distance in respect for His naked shame, but they stayed with Him at the cross.

They kept vigil at the tomb.

They went to the tomb early in the morning after Sabbath, with the specific intention of anointing His body.

They were the first witnesses with the newborn gospel of the empty tomb.

They joined in constant prayer after His ascension.

They truly followed Him “to the gallows-foot, and after!”

We of the male persuasion could learn a lot from their fealty.

On this day we celebrate His rising, we could stand to rise to their example.


3 thoughts on “The Thousandth Women

  1. And yet Paul tells women to shut up in the presents of the Lord, learn from their he-man husband at home. go figure.

  2. Well, you and I may read that part of 1 Corinthians a bit differently, anonymous … and although I mentioned but did not cite it in < HREF="" REL="nofollow">Worship, Gifts and Women<>, I do believe that instruction was the result of a culture clash; of differing worship styles. I think Paul was trying to tell some in Corinth – they happened to be women, perhaps not familiar with Jewish synagogue customs, and were interrupting in that church gathering – to hold their questions until they got home … rather than interrupting the flow of thought that the speaker(s) tried to build upon. (And some of those < HREF=";&version=31;" REL="nofollow">speakers may well have been women<>.) But read < HREF=";&version=31;" REL="nofollow">the whole thing<> for yourself and see what <>you<> think.

  3. Brother Keith,From reading your blog, it looks like you’ve got several “regulars” that you know that read and post comments often. I don’t post comments, but over the past several months, I have become a “regular” to your blog, stopping by at least once a week to read your recent posts, because I know I will be blessed by whatever you’ve been inspired to write about. Your words always challenge me to think about something in a unique way, a way I haven’t thought about before, e.g. the Worship, Women, & Gifts blog referenced in your comment here. So recently I’ve felt the need to let you know how much I appreciate your words, they do have an impact. Thank you for allowing God to use you through this gift of writing that he has blessed you with, and thank you for sharing your thoughts with the world. Hope you had a wonderful Easter Sunday.

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