Our ezer identity comes with God-given responsibility to pay attention to what is happening in God’s world and to take the initiative...
WE THE EZER
"Ezer is a Hebrew military word—used mostly in the Old Testament to describe God as the ezer of his people. Ezers aren’t spectators. Our ezer identity comes with God-given responsibility to pay attention to what is happening in God’s world and to take the initiative to address the wrongs, help the afflicted, and serve as agents of God’s goodness in the world."
This year, WOW! has chosen the theme of Exploration of Ezer for our monthly Biblical teaching seminars. March is Women's History Month, where we celebrate and honor the pioneers, sojourners, caretakers, and freedom fighters who have gone before us. We are also soberingly reminded the work is not done as we and our sisters live daily not only with gender bias but racial, ethnic, and cultural bias intertwined. We grieve as a team of AAPI women the inexcusable acts of violence and hate and echo this prayer of Rev. Sandra Maria Van Opstal from Sarah Bessey's book, A Rhythm of Prayer: Sisters, let us act in creativity to rebuild a just world.
We invite you to take this moment and ask God how you can participate in this work of love, care, protection, and justice for God's daughters today. Two opportunities for your consideration are this month's Sowing Seeds of Love gift campaign and next Wednesday's Things are not the same: Grief Prayer.
We welcome you to contact us for individual prayer and support as well.
-Erika, Manni & May
SOW A SEED OF LOVE
WOW is offering a unique selection of ministries as care packages. These gifts provide the spiritual & emotional care for the treasured women in your life. If you’ve experienced our Silent Retreat, Spiritual Direction, or Spiritual Discernment, then you know how intimate our God is. Give #thecareSHEneeds for those that can benefit from having an intimate space to rest, reflect, and be refreshed.
RUTH WONG Director of the Boston Education Collaborative at
Emmanuel Gospel Center
God knew that after an intense several months of ministry during the pandemic, I needed soul care and led me to WOW!. I never would've imagined that He could use a group of strangers to be the family that I could find spiritual renewal and replenishment with. I am so thankful to the WOW! team for the ways that they facilitated the space and all of our meetings so that those of us who are in leadership roles could listen to God speak to our souls through His word, His creation, and through each other.
How are you being invited to know and be known by God in this season?
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. - Psalm 27:8
art by Lisa Mathew during our recent
Refresh Silent Retreat
PR CREATIVE STRATEGIST INFLUENCER
Nthabi is a PR creative strategist with a knack for digital marketing. She is passionate about seeing the next generation and athletes walking in their true identity in Christ. Nthabi has 10+ years experience in the Digital Marketing and sports business. In addition to running her own business, she is a basketball journalist and broadcaster on a YouTube show called WNBA court side.
If you have enjoyed WOW! Women Biblical Leadership podcasts this past year, you have Nthabi to thank. We are grateful for her editing work on all our seminar teachings from January 2020 to present.
We often hear masculine metaphors to describe God. In her teaching, Dr. Amy Davis Abdallah shows us throughout the Bible there are many seldomly used metaphors highlighting the role of women that reveal the image of God. Ezer-kenegdo is a metaphor used to describe God as one who gives life and sustains life. The giving life aspect is not limited to a biological reference, but describes salvation, triumph and blessings. Sustaining life describes the work of sabbath, conservation and co-creativity. Regardless of your own gender or life stage, what ways are you giving life and sustaining life as an ezer?
“Christian womanhood. What does it mean? When does it happen—at a certain age, status, or maturity? How do we know we’re no longer girls? And when we’ve figured that out, how will others know to call us “woman” rather than “girl”? Christian women don’t usually get a rite of passage in which they are named “woman.” Seeing this need, Amy Davis Abdallah created such a rite, and this book accompanies it.
GROUP CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER Things aren't the same: Grief Prayer
Last spring we shared our reflections on faith, hope, and love. We are well aware that these do not exempt us from the pain and loss experienced this past year. God hasn't asked us to measure our personal experience of loss in comparison with anyone else's. We invite you to join us next Wednesday 3/24 at 12pm EST as a community that makes room for grief and lament.
The role of an ezer is seldomly taught as a role for both men or women to pursue graciously or honorably for God’s redemptive work. It is often misused as a measure of secondary value or status for women. The word ezer/helper has been misunderstood using modern day context to define the word helper. It is time to unleash its true alignment with God as our ezer. Its implication is that all are called to be ezers.