Women such as Miriam and Hagar whose names were known, women of the wilderness whose names went unrecorded, and women who existed only in vision or dream: perhaps it was these women whose stories helped inspire and sustain those who followed after them in the desert. Perhaps the presence of these desert foremothers lingered in the landscape and assured the women who came after that even in the deepest desert there are wellsprings and in the wilderness, wings.
—Jan L. Richardson, In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection and Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)
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The prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing.
—Exodus 15:20 (NRSV)
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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