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International Women’s Day: Keep the Child Alive 

On this international women’s day, my mind ran on two of my female inspirations my mom and my sister. My older sister and I had quite a few heated confrontations while growing up. Our clashes could last for days. But every day when dinner time rolled around, we had to at least stop yelling and adopt a civil tone with each other, because Mother would not allow arguing at the dinner table. 

When we allowed our anger at each other to outweigh our appetite for Mother’s good cooking, those were the times that we both had to forfeit a good meal. Hostility between us would send both of us to bed hungry. 

In scripture when two women argue over who is the rightful parent of a baby, it’s was very difficult for the king to determine who’s telling the truth. The king decides that the truth cannot be found in the woman willing to destroy the child to prosecute her claim. The woman willing to sacrifice her claim to keep the child alive is the woman whose claim prevails. 

Today, this is the same as so-called democracy. It’s a give-and-take enterprise. Every eligible female has a vote and a voice (many died for that privilege), but none of us get what we want in any given situation. In all our clashing, we must be mindful to know what we might have to forfeit even when we are right like the woman with the baby before King Solomon who gave away her child. Winning our claims at the cost of losing our dignity and reputation is a loss. Love gives even the loser the chance to fight another day. 

Then the king said, “Do not kill the child, but give him to the woman who wants him to live, for she is his mother!” – 1 Kings 3:27 (NLT) 

Let’s Pray

Yahweh, bless all our women. Thank you for blessing us with them. God, help them to not allow their antagonisms in life cause them to lose dignity, and reputation and to forfeit what you have prepared for them at the welcome table. In Christ’s name Amen. 


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By Pastor Ray Patrick

Evangelism. Outreach. Ministry.
Pastor Ray Patrick is a R.E Teacher at The Eden School

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