Today I’m excited to introduce to you my latest set of wearable prayer beads honoring the Sacred Feminine, now available in the Journey Shop and just in time for Mother’s Day!
Each set of wearable prayer beads in the Journey Shop speaks to sources of inspiration and growth in our journeys—the labyrinth representing pilgrimage, the celtic cross calling to mind the unique wisdom of the Celtic tradition and its trinitarian emphasis, the feather reminding us how creation reveals the Creator, and the hamsa calling us toward peace. This latest set, though, seems especially significant as it focuses on honoring the feminine aspects of God—a journey that was initiated in my life Sue Monk Kidd’s book, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, and one that I continue to travel further on each and every day.
Not long after reading The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, I heard the phrase, “If God is man then man is God,” and its disturbing reality has stayed with me ever since. Having grown up in a tradition where men preach from the pulpit, baptize new believers, distribute communion, and are often considered the head of the household—many of these practices considered sacraments in more liturgical traditions—it’s no wonder that men are, in a way, deemed more sacred (I usually capitalize “Sacred” but I won’t be capitalizing that one).
But that is not what the Bible tells us—words that many consider the revelation of God. In the creation story we are told that male and female are created in God’s image, and Paul states that in Christ there is neither male or female. There is no distinction of gender when it comes to our spiritual identities—the image of God within us. Wouldn’t that mean that there is no distinction within God either?
Instead there is a balance of masculine and feminine, just like there is in each one of us, despite our gender. While much of the Bible speaks of God in masculine terms (it was written by men in a patriarchal system, after all), it is filled with references of God as a feminine presence as well. God is our Mother as well as our Father, and the Psalms deem God as midwife, Proverbs refers to Divine wisdom as feminine in nature, and Christ calls the Father a mother hen.
No—God is not man, and man certainly is not God. Yet even though I now belong to a Christian tradition which celebrates women in all roles and honors the Divine as both feminine and masculine, the old adage is still engrained in me, despite it being counter to my beliefs, experience, and convictions. I still need to be stretched. I need to be reminded of the feminine aspects of the Divine, and I long to experience God as midwife, as mother hen, as Sophia—the Greek word for wisdom and distinctly feminine.
And so I pray—specifically to God our Mother—and I gather inspiration around me to remind me that the Sacred is feminine, too. And I invite you to do the same. I created my latest set of prayer beads not just for me, but for you, too, so we can travel this journey together.
With an antique silver plated lotus charm (lead-free pewter) representing life and beauty, this set of prayer beads honors the feminine aspects of God. The “weeks” are made of rose quartz, the stone of unconditional love. The accompanying “cruciform” beads, made from bayong wood, are reminiscent of the wood of the cross on which Christ was crucified and call to mind the women who stayed with him until the end. And the silver seed beads call to mind the moon, because the feminine—so tied to the lunar phases—is often associated with the night: the yin to the day’s yang, creating a picture of wholeness, an image of the Divine.
It’s on sale in honor of Mother’s Day—a way to celebrate the feminine presences in your life. Save $5 off of the original $35 price when you order now through Sunday, May 8. Orders for Mother’s Day must be made by Friday, April 29, for guaranteed delivery.
Will you join me on this journey? Visit the Journey Shop now to view my latest set of prayer beads and make a purchase »
How have you experienced God as a feminine presence?