What a weekend I've had dear readers! I spent a glorious couple of hours with beautiful sisters enjoying a little tea and a symphony! If this sounds a bit archaic and too old school for your taste...hold that thought until the end of this post!
Generations of women at my church recreated an age-old bonding ritual of sisterhood, in what I believe combined both tradition and contemporary. The traditional part was the ambiance of low lighting, classical music, elegant styling, and a variety of teas, sandwiches and pastries served right at your table.
The contemporary part was that no hats or gloves were required (ladies dressed in their best black and white); and tea time started at eleven a.m. rather than the formal two or three o'clock afternoon setting (we're busy women with lots of responsibilities). One particular joyous sight for me was that the older generation of women were served by younger women, many who had their own daughters and nieces beside them, teaching them how to serve! Now that's a flash from my past!
The program was a bit different as well. While one usually think of gifted musicians displaying their honed skills, our symphony was composed of only five women, it was A Symphony of Sisters. Each in a different season of their life: a college freshman; an aged widow; a working mom with five children; a caregiver wife to an ailing husband, and a busy mother in ministry raising three boys and a teenage daughter. Their instruments were their voices, testimonials of God's goodness and grace in their lives and I tell you, they were in rare form! It was truly inspiring.
So what did we learn about true sisterhood as we sipped our tea?
1. Sisters are Still a force to be reckoned with! We are Strong, We are Survivors, and with God's help, can get through anything!
2. The Differences in our ages is not a Liability but an Asset. Younger women are fearless but sometimes reckless, they are forging new paths for themselves. Older women need to trust them more to do the right thing, but be there for them when they get off track!
3. Women can indeed work well together. Love, Respect and the Appreciation for each other's gifts and talents were quite evident at this tea. We need to stop believing the negative rhetoric that younger women won't listen to wisdom and older women don't have anything useful to say!
As demonstrated at this particular tea: Our Lives are Like a Symphony...Everyone has a key part to play....Don't let hitting one sour note keep you from playing your part..we need you!
UNTIL NEXT TIME...
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