A Simple Thank You to the Sisters
In Genesis 2:18, God says about Adam, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Thus man and woman, husband and wife, under the leadership of God have been designed to fight together in the battles of life.
To be a helper is not a second-hand title, nor is to help a passive responsibility. To be help is to be exactly what is needed when it is needed. For when we need help, we cry out to God. For even God is a helper. Psalm 54:4 states that,” Surely God is my helper; the Lord is the one who sustains me.”
With March being Women’s History Month, I felt it to be most appropriate to express my appreciation to the strong, beautiful, bold, and wonderful sisters of the sorority called Womanhood. God knew exactly what He was doing when He created woman to help man.
I am grateful for God blessing me with my maternal grandmother who escaped the clutches of Alzheimer’s to grasp enough time to recognize me and give me the last profound and encouraging words that she would ever whisper to me.
I am forever indebted to God for allowing me to be born a child of my mother who, to me, was a teacher without degree, a counselor without license, and a life coach with victories over circumstances only chronicled in the hearts and minds of those that witnessed her love.
I am fortunate to have a beautiful, intelligent, and strong wife that serves as the queen of our household and sets the perfect example for our four princesses. I thank God for blessing me and my wife with our four daughters, because through them I have learned how love can truly illuminate itself over and over again like the rising of a morning sun.
I know that if I had sons, I would have taught them the way my father taught me, to be firm, stern, and stoic. But God! God knew that a mother’s touch would intercede with the joy of laughter, the creativity of confidence, and the discipline of determination. That is why a mother is the first teacher to her child.
I could go on and on and recount the influences of sisters, aunts, nieces, teachers, preachers, and friends, but I would definitely exceed my word count for this month’s article. So please allow me to say, “thank you” to all of the women that empower individuals, fortify families, care for communities, better businesses, and teach us how to live life to its fullest.
To the brothers, let us celebrate the sisters and not oppress them or discount the gifts and talents that they bring to the table. Brothers, let us compliment the sisters on their inner and outer beauty and not degrade them because of our insecurities. In essence, let us truly enjoy life together. Sisters, stay strong, stay beautiful, and stay every woman.
We love you and you are truly appreciated.
(Rev. Steven L. Evans is a pastor and lives in Clinton.)