One of the most stunning images of a woman finding provision in the wilderness comes from John, author of the book of Revelation. In chapter 12, he relates his vision of a celestial woman who wears the sun for clothing, stars for a crown, and the moon for shoes. Crying out in the labor of delivering a child, the woman is beset by a dragon that waits to devour her son. Her son is saved and taken to God; the woman flees to the wilderness, where she finds nourishment in a place that God has prepared for her.
—Jan L. Richardson, In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection and Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)
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The woman fled into the desert, where God has prepared a place for her. There she will be taken care of for one thousand two hundred sixty days.
—Revelation 12:6 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
We are waking, God.
We are waking,
and we pray
that we may know you
as manna in the desert,
wellsprings in the wilderness,
honey from the rock,
O God our habitation
and our way.
—Jan L. Richardson, “Prayer for the Morning,” In the Sanctuary of Women
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