How do you talk to yourself?
When you hear the word, ‘woman,’ what connotations immediately jump to mind?
How does the world talk to you, as a woman?
How does the Savior talk to you? I say that using present tense, because though I am going to use examples from the bible, I testify that our Lord does talk to us now if we will listen.
“But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.” (Matthew 9:22)
1.) Daughter. Jesus addressed this woman, shunned by society as unclean, with respect and love. He addresses her as daughter, and to me this is His acknowledgement of her divinity. He knew that she was the daughter, literally, of a king. I think He saw her as a princess, a noble woman of great worth and with a divine purpose.
We are all Daughters.
“When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?” John 8:10 (see also John 4:21).
2.) Woman. Notice that this woman was an adulteress, a sinner. But instead of humiliating her, the Savior addresses her in the same way He addressed His mother. The word ‘woman’ in the bible, before being roughly translated, was actually closer to the word, ‘lady.’ The word used to address royalty.
We are all Women.
“When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother.” John 19: 26-27
3.) Mother. Eve was named “the mother of all living” before she conceived or bore children. I think there is something divinely instilled in woman that yearns to love, comfort, and heal. We aren’t required to check the number of our children off before being allowed to be “mothers.” To love, to help, to nurture, to sustain. That is mothering.
We are all mothers.
““Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou?” The Savior was speaking not just to the sorrowing Mary. He was also speaking to us—men, women, and children and all of mankind ever born or yet to be born, for the tears of sorrow, pain, or remorse are the common lot of mankind.”-James E. Faust