Use a Comma, not a Period

Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart

May 20, 1932–Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

May 19, 2009, a blogger on Richmond.com cites the Apostle Paul’s admonition, “Wives, submit to your husbands. . . .”

Thank you, God, that Amelia–like the suffragettes before her and the women (and men) who brought, and bring, us feminism and equal rights for women–did not listen to Paul or the churchmen (and their female allies) who were, and are, determined to control, that is, limit, divine Creation.

God created, and saw that it was good. That is the biblical foundation of our relation with God. The biblical writers put their own spin on God’s creating, trying to fit the limitlessness of what God did into limited human concepts.

But God refuses to be limited. God is creating today.

As our friends in the United Church of Christ say, quoting Gracie Allen, “Do not put a period where God has placed a comma.”

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

5 thoughts on “Use a Comma, not a Period”

  1. I like what it says in The Shack (just re-read it) … that in the creation woman was made from man, but then man is created from woman (in childbirth). God did it that way so we would be equal … not one any higher than the other.

  2. I recall reading this statement back in the 1960s. I am paraphasing the comment written by E. G. White, one of the founding leaders of the Seventh-day Adventis Chruch. She wrote, “When the Creator made a helper for Adam, He did not take the bone from Adam’s head so that he could rule over Eve; Nor did She take a bone from the foot in order for Adam could walk all over Eve. Rather, God took one of Adam’s ribs, a bone close to the heart, in order that the pair would walk as equals.” Seems that over the millenia, we lost sight of that fact.

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